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Classical:NEXT moves to Rotterdam in search of permanent home

- 30 July 2014

Classical:NEXT will move to Rotterdam for its fourth outing on 20-23 May next year, hoping that this will be a long-term home for the classical music congress.

Event organiser Piranha Arts has partnered with the De Doelen concert hall to host the market, seminars, concerts, audiovisual screenings and presentations.

The congress launched in Munich ion 2012 and moved to Vienna for two years, but Piranha spokesman Paul Bräuer said now there is a need for stability. ‘We were not dissatisfied with Vienna but it was very expensive and we have to see some financial stability,’ he said. ‘We don’t want to change location every year, but to be a little more stable.’

Piranha would consider to delegate reaction to the new venue, he said, but the move has had a stamp of approval from CLASS, the association of German independent labels which was the moving spirit behind Classical:NEXT.

CLASS chairman Rainer Kahleyss said: ‘We are glad that Piranha Arts could establish a new and hopefully stable cooperation with De Doelen so that

Classical:NEXT, established as the most important annual meeting point for the world of classical music, will take place for the long term in this attractive city.’

Classical:NEXT director Jennifer Dautermann added: ‘Classical:NEXT is the baby of the whole art music community – a toddler now, taking its first steps. As with any child, ours needs strong support to survive and thrive. We are so pleased to take the hand of De Doelen, an established art music institution with a long and distinguished track record. Together with our new partners, we are intending to form a long-term alliance whose stability and experience will benefit art music professionals all over the world.’

‘We are very proud to host Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam,’ said Gabriel Oostvogel, director of De Doelen. ‘De Doelen is strongly committed to new audiences for classical music in this young and dynamic city, and we are looking forward to collaborating with our international partners of Classical:NEXT to bring our shared mission to the next level.’

The new alliance was co-ordinated by Michael Nieuwenhuizen, the former director of the Dutch Classical Music Meeting, who after DCMM closed in 2012 has become a Classical:NEXT adviser and will be local project manager of the 2015 event.

Rotterdam’s Operadagen festival opens during the last days of Classical:NEXT, and the International Society for Performing Arts will hold its annual meeting in Malmö, Sweden, immediately after Classical:NEXT. In addition, label and distributor Naxos will hold its annual meeting as a follow-up to Classical:NEXT.

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