What are the challenges we face in enhancing and transforming the world of classical music concerts? How do we integrate the online experience into a world where live events may soon become possible again? How do we bring fresh new perspectives to live concert occasions?

These are some of the many pertinent questions posed by the Szczecin Philharmonic in its brand-new Music.Multimedia.Management. multidisciplinary international educational and development programme directed at young arts professionals, launched today.
Aiming to help participants answer those questions and develop new ideas for the live concert format for classical and contemporary music will be a range of international experts in related fields. These include Rune Bergmann, Artistic Director & Chief Conductor, Szczecin-Calgary-Skodje; Andrew Berardini, Writer, Curator; Lucas Borowicz, Chief Guest Conductor, Poznań; Kathryn Enticott, Director, Enticott Music Management; Kevin Kleinmann, International Arts Consultant; Gregor Kotow, Managing Director, LIU KOTOW; Tuula Jukola-Nuorteva, Head of Education, Finnish National Opera and Ballet; Annika Kukkonen, Producer of Education, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra; Lydia Wen-Chen Kuo, Executive Director of the Taiwan National Symphony Orchestra; Julian Lloyd Webber, cellist and former Principal of the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire; Katarzyna Luszczyk, Lighting Designer; Professor Joanna Napieralska, Sound Designer, Professor Florian Riem, Secretary General of the Federation of International Music Competitions; Felice Ross, Lighting Designer; Stanislaw Ruksza, Curator, Director - TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Erik Valderhaug, Sound Designer, with contributions from guest artists, including cellists Anastasia Kobekina and Camille Thomas.

The starting point for the programme will be the audience experience with a focus on sound design, lighting and visuals alongside perspectives on music education, audience development, artist management and creative arts project management. The result will be a greater awareness of the whole creation and production process among aspiring cultural managers and arts professionals of the future, realised through a range of exciting events to be held at the end of the programme as curated by the participants themselves to demonstrate their newly acquired skills and insights.

Behind this initiative supported by the EEA Grants, is the Szczecin Philharmonic in partnership with Fjord Cadenza, Norway and the TRAFO Centre for Contemporary Art, Szczecin. They will be working alongside the Music.Design.Form Festival; the International Lutoslawski Youth Orchestra; the Fjord Cadenza Festival and three in-house Gallery exhibitions to offer participants the best all-round creative experience possible.

Says Dorota Serwa, Managing Director, Szczecin Philharmonic:

‘The innovative Music.Multimedia.Management. project is not only the perfect opportunity for us as a modern centre of musical culture and excellence to share our experience with others but also for us all to learn together as we explore what the experts forecast for our industry, how artistic productions might be shaped and what the expectations are of the emerging producers of the future. How exciting that we as a musical institution will be at the forefront of these new experiences’.
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