Innovation Award 2022 and Closing

Innovation Award Recipients 2022, Photo by Eric van Nieuwland

After three full days of networking, learning, exchanging, dancing and discovering, Classical:NEXT draws a very positive conclusion. More than 900 international music professionals from 50 countries attended the 10th jubilee and first Hannoverian edition of the biggest global gathering for classical and art music.

Cyborg pianist Zubin Kanga lit up the stage of the closing ceremony, presenting groundbreaking new piano and multimedia works that expand the possibilities of a piano recital.

2022 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award Recipients

The Classical:NEXT Innovation Award was designed to place the spotlight on forward-thinking activities taking place around the world. The three awarded projects were determined in an online vote by the Classical:NEXT community, following a shortlisting from its international Nominating Committee of music experts. This year's Innovation Award theme was 'Collaborations'.

The 2022 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award recipients are:

Death of Classical (USA)

Some of the most sought-after concert tickets in New York City (NYC) are for a church crypt and a catacomb at Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, presented by this wryly named organisation. Death of Classical has collaborated with NYC institutions such as the New York Philharmonic and more, in order to expand the reach of classical music.
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Ngarra Burria (Australia)

Ngarra Burria (Dharug words meaning ‘to hear, to sing’), builds bridges for First Peoples musicians to step forward, further develop their composition skills, and connect with the art music sector. Initiated in 2016 by Aboriginal composer Christopher Sainsbury, the programme takes a two-year cohort of composers on a voyage spanning the many realms of art music, including contemporary classical/new music, jazz, experimental, sound art and installations.
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"To receive a Classical:NEXT Innovation Award in 2022 represents the fact that the international classical community have voted to support the enablement of Australian Indigenous composers. The Ngarra-burria partners are truly honoured. So, with that kind of endorsement the Australian music scene at home can do a lot more."
Christopher Sainsbury, founder and director

Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellin (Colombia)

The Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra is perhaps the most successful example of a non-government run orchestra in Colombia. As a nonprofit organisation, the orchestra has developed a management model in which music, social responsibility and community and corporate relations intersect to provide the citizens of Medellín with a variety of musical experiences in different places and at different stages of their lives.
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"We believe in the power of tranforming society through innovative high-quality orchestral music."
Maria Catalina Prieto Vasquez, executive director

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