26 February 2019
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Dancing, Discussing, Designing, Deciding

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Classical:NEXT, de Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 15 - 18 May 2019

Dancing, Discussing, Designing, Deciding

Rotterdam/Berlin: Classical:NEXT unveils new announcements for the upcoming eighth edition taking place from 15 - 18 May 2019, in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. We are proud to present this year's Club Showcases and DJs to dance to, additional conference sessions to generate wider discussion and further design details of the Opening Ceremony. We also turn the decision-making over to the delegates as to who should be the winners of the 2019 Innovation Award.

With an already exciting line up of conference sessions, network meetings and showcases, the 2019 edition of Classical:NEXT is bringing together a broad array of topics, an increasingly larger international group of people and addressing the most pertinent issues in the industry. Read on for more information. 

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2019 Club Showcases at WORM

The Club Showcases offer delegates the opportunity to see outstanding Classical:NEXT artists perform in a Rotterdam club in an intimate and relaxed atmosphere, together with resident Classical:NEXT DJs. The Club Showcases are curated by Soho Classical host and Manners McDade global creative director Harriet Moss and executive director of Nonclassical, Eleanor Ward.

Two Club Showcases will be featured each night. Among them are Netherlands-native Jeditah, speaking to the imagination of the listener through their use of layered soundscapes; Victor Barcelo and Roberto Maqueda of the reConvert Project re-examine the use of percussion instruments, while electronic and contemporary music duo Lost Heritage combine musical rules and codes from the electronic and classical worlds; Śniedź, from Poland, bring together operatic vocal techniques and electronics to create what they call "glitchtronica".

From 22:00 onwards and in between Club Showcases, the Classical:NEXT DJs take to the stage and we are excited to reveal that joining us this year are, Harriet Moss together with Eleanor Ward and Ben Hogwood with Matt Groom. Find out more here. 

Opening Ceremony Programme Details

Making their European debut as curators of the Classical:NEXT 2019 Opening, National Sawdust present National Sawdust: Hear It New! The innovative contemporary classical venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, promise to bring a series of high-calibre performances and electrifying new compositional voices to the stage. 

Curated by composer and National Sawdust co-founder and artistic director Paola Prestini and produced by director of National Sawdust Projects Holly Hunter, the Opening will feature acclaimed cellist Amanda Gookin performing a piece from her feminist work Forward Music Project, composer and National Sawdust Hildegard Award–winner Emma O’Halloran’s composition Constellations performed by members of the Young Doelen Ensemble, and a specially commissioned short film, The Asháninka, directed by filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu, with a live performance by Peruvian composer/performer Pauchi Sasaki.

The Forward Music Project is a piece driven by social justice for girls and women. Seven composers were commissioned to write pieces for solo cello based on their personal story or an issue they wanted to bring to light. The stylistically contrasting compositions represent the vast diversity of the female experience, ranging from issues of the LGBTQ+ community and reproductive rights to sexual violence and empowerment.

Emma O’Halloran won the Hildegard Competition in June 2018 with her piece, Constellations, premiered at National Sawdust by the Refugee Orchestra, soprano Madeline Healey, conducted by Lidiya Yankovskaya. 
“As a largely self-taught female composer, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting
on my place and identity in relation to a long tradition of music produced mostly by white male composers. Constellations draws inspiration from a National Geographic article focusing on the discovery that handprints in ancient cave art most
often belonged to women. This piece is about finding your voice and making
the art that you want to make.” 
- Emma O'Halloran, composer

The Amazon is a documentary feature and live performing arts event examining the Amazon River Basin from social and ecological perspectives across history. The Asháninka is the first short film from The Amazon series and focuses on the Asháninka people of present-day Peru and Brazil. Composer, performer, improviser, and instrument builder Pauchi Sasaki will compose original music to accompany this short from the feature film. Sasaki is known for her interdisciplinary approach to composition and takes influence from improvisational aesthetics and ethnic traditions.

37 nominations from 26 countries were selected for this year's Innovation Award and we are excited to reveal the top 10 nominees, chosen by the Nominating Committee. Representing the most forward-thinking activities worldwide, voting will soon begin for the entire Classical:NEXT community. Delegates can vote through their C:N NET account to decide the winners of the Innovation Award 2019. Voting begins in March 2019. 
The 2019 Innovation Award Shortlist
All press photos, including Showcase artists and Conference  speakers, can be downloaded here.
Get a taste of the Showcase artists by tuning in to the Classical:NEXT 2019 Spotify Playlist.
Find out who will be joining Classical:NEXT 2019 in Rotterdam by checking out our
Photo credits:
Refugee Orchestra Perform at Hildegard Competition, June 2018 by Jill Steinberg
Amanda Gookin Headshot by Ryan Scherb
The Ashaninka Short Image: ‘Muri Waura from the Xingu village called Piyulene in Mato Grosso, Brazil’ by Murat Eyuboglu
Brendan Jan Walsh at Classical:NEXT 2018 by Eric van Nieuwland
Classical:NEXT Expo 3 by Eric van Nieuwland

Piranha Arts is the organiser and producer of Classical:NEXT
The renowned de Doelen - international concert hall and congress centre - is the local host and partner of Classical:NEXT 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Press contact Classical:NEXT
Aliena Haig 
T: +49 (0) 30 31 861 40 | E:

Photos and more material at our press section:

About Classical:NEXT

Classical:NEXT is an international professionals’ forum for all sectors of the art music industry. Showcase concerts, interactive conference sessions and a stand expo offer a variety of formats for networking, getting business done, exploring new artistic ideas and developing pioneering solutions.

Classical:NEXT 2018 was attended by over 1300 professionals from all areas of the art music scene. More facts and figures about the previous editions of Classical:NEXT:

Classical:NEXT is produced by Berlin-based Piranha Arts (, who have been running the music fair WOMEX - the World Music Expo - annually since 1994 (

Classical:NEXT was initiated in 2012 by Piranha Arts and CLASS - Association of Classical Independents in Germany e.V. (

Local partners of Classical:NEXT since 2015 have been de Doelen concert hall and international congress centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (

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