Two Australian fellows have been announced for the 2018 Classical:NEXT Conference. Pianist Aura Go and percussionist and composer Matthias Schack-Arnott were selected from a very competitive group of applicants and will join the Australian delegation at the Classical:NEXT industry event in Rotterdam on 16-19 May, supported by APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre.
Born in Melbourne and currently based in Helsinki, Aura Go is known for championing new and Australian work. She enjoys a multifaceted musical life as soloist, chamber musician, conductor and educator. She studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and ANAM before attaining her Master of Music from Yale University. Classical:NEXT will provide her with an opportunity to further strengthen her already existing international networks as well as her Australian connections, and to explore the latest innovative ways of presenting musical experiences.
Melbourne-based Matthias Schack-Arnott works in contemporary classical and experimental music as a performer, composer, improviser and key component of Speak Percussion. Schack-Arnott’s solo work explores unique approaches to percussive performance, and his percussion duo Anicca (2016) was shortlisted for the 2017 Art Music Awards in the Excellence in Experimental Music category. The Classical:NEXT fellowship will give him the opportunity to observe and discuss new ideas and perspectives with his own practice in mind, and meet with potential international presenters for his work as well as to find out about current trends and future directions.
Last year Music Australia covered Australian harpist and music producer Marshall Maguire’s appointment to the jury members for international showcasing conference. Noting that while an Australian presence on the jury doesn’t guarantee our artists will be selected, it does indicate a genuine desire from organisers for the conference to reach beyond European and north American boundaries.
SOUNDS AUSTRALIA and the Australian Music Centre will be providing a platform to support Australian delegates at Classical:NEXT. Australians planning on registering are reminded to do so without delay. Please be in touch with Glenn at SOUNDS AUSTRALIA or John Davis at the Australian Music Centre to obtain the code to register under the umbrella of the Australian stand, and to receive a discount on the fee.