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Maarten Walraven

Content Director EMEA Stingray

Workshop on Friday 22nd and part of the Panel Saturday 23rd.

Maarten Walraven is a channel manager at Stingray with a specific focus on classical music and jazz. He also manages the Dutch musical theater company Liedhuis (www.liedhuis.nl) and co-edits the MUSIC x newsletter (www.musicx.substack.com).


Zsolt Horváth 

Music Journalist

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Present on Friday 22nd, 2021

I work as a freelancer journalist for Phenom’enon magazine, which is one of Hungary’s popular online independent pop culture magazines. I make interview with bands and artists from Hungary and abroad as well, writing and editing articles about music, contemporary art and series. I lead my weekly column called Phenom’enális elszámolás where I collect the best songs of the week.



Dr. Anthony Gritten

Head of Undergraduates Programmes at Royal Music Academy

Lecture on Saturday 23rd January

Prior to coming to the Royal Academy of Music, Dr Anthony Gritten worked at the University of East Anglia, and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Anthony studied the organ with Harry Gabb, Anne Page and David Sanger, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He has given over 300 recitals all over the UK, Paris, and Canada, including several premieres of works by Daniel Roth.

Anthony’s research spans a variety of issues in performance studies, the philosophy and aesthetics of music, and the music of Igor Stravinsky and John Cage.



Peter Fribbins

Director of Music Programmes in Middlesex University

Lecture on Saturday 23rd

Peter Fribbins is a composer, artistic director, professor in music and director of Music Programmes in Middlesex University. He studied with German Composer Hans Werner Henze and at the Royal Acadamy London, Royal Holloway and Nottingham Universities. He has produced more than thirty concert works for a range of ensembles and orchestras. As well as composer, Peter Fribbins is Artistic Director of the celebrated Sunday Series of London Chamber Music Society concerts, resident at Kings Place.


Jonathan Irons

Head of Naxos Works Database

Lecture on Saturday 23rd

Jonathan Irons joined Naxos in 2015 after 8 years at Universal Edition in Vienna, where he was responsible for promotion and online strategy. Prior to Universal Edition, Jonathan ran a sheet music download platform (SheetMusicNow.com). Jonathan is responsible for Naxos Works Database. 

Naxos Works Database is an online catalogue of classical music works, with a wealth of detail -- duration, instrumentation, publisher, work introductions and much more. With more than 70,000 works,  and new works being added every day, it is every  musician’s gateway to the world of classical music, meeting the needs of many artists and performing arts organisations. 

Emile Wennekes

Chair Professor in Musicology at Utrecht University

Workshop on Friday 22nd. 

Emile Wennekes previously worked as music critic for the Dutch dailies NRC Handelsblad and de Volkskrant, and was artistic advisor and orchestral programmer before intensifying his academic career. He has served as a board member of several societies, and for almost a decade chaired the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis).

As a scholar, his present research focuses mainly on two areas: Mediatizing Music and the Remigration of Jewish Musicians. He is currently preparing a book on the first. He has initiated and chairs the Study Group Music and Media (MaM) under the auspices of the International Musicological Society (IMS) and coordinates the annual conferences of MaM.

Wennekes was also a member of the program committees of the 7th Congress of Music and the Moving Image (New York: NYU Steinhardt, 2012) and the 19th Congress of the International Musicological Society (IMS Rome, 2012), When Jazz Meets Cinema (Bergamo, 2017).


Christos Marantos 

Professional Pianist

Performance on Friday 22nd January

Christos Marantos began his career as a pianist at an early age, winning the first prize at the national Youth Choir and Orchestra (‘XON’) competition in Athens. He started studying piano with Georgios Platon and then with Max Hallecker at the Conservatory “Ellinikon Odeon” in Athens, graduating with distinction in 1999. In 2006 Christos Marantos formed a piano duo with Harald Ossberger, which lasted until 2019. In 2011 the two pianists recorded a CD with works of Schumann for piano four-hands on the Gramola label. As a chamber musician Christos collaborated with the violinists Mario Hossen, Alexander Steinberger, Erich Schlagerl, Christian Altenburger and Peter Burwik’s contemporary music ensemble Exxj.


Christos regularly holds masterclasses at various institutions such as the Anton Bruckner University for Music, Dance and Theatre, the Carinthian State Conservatorium (KONSE), Musikum Salzburg, the Aswara Academy of Arts in Kuala Lumpur and the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand.

Beside his career as soloist and chamber musician he was the initiator and organizer of the Tribute to Nikos Kazatzakis in 2017 and the Film festival “ViennAthens 2019”. Since 2009 Christos Marantos has taught piano at the J.S. Bach Music School in Vienna.



Sarah Osborn

Head of Business Development at Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

Panel Discussion on Saturday 23rd

Spending her early career in music publishing (with composers such as Gavin Bryars, Thomas Adès, George Benjamin, Richard Ayres and Gerald Barry at Faber Music and Schott Music), Sarah joined the Music Publishers Association as General Manager before being promoted to Chief Executive. As Chief Executive, she saw the organisation and industry through a period of significant change that saw the restructuring of MCPS, the establishment of PMLL (Printed Music Licensing ltd) and the introduction of the first licence to permit photocopying of sheet music within schools, and the implementation of the Hargreaves Review into UK copyright law.

After leaving the MPA in 2015, Sarah has been a freelance consultant, providing consultancy and project management services to the music publishing and wider creative industries community. Alongside running the Resonate project for the Association of British Orchestras and PRS Foundation, her clients have included Boosey & Hawkes, Audio Network and the composers Laurence Crane and Richard Beaudoin.

Sarah is a trustee of the National Music Council and co-founded Music Network UK, and a founding trustee of Let June Make A Difference, a grant giving charity supporting children in Yorkshire.

Sarah has started to work at ISM as Head of Services and Operations in 2018 and since 2020, She has been working for the organisation as Head of Business Development.



Julia Haferkorn

Director and Producer, Third Ear Music Ltd

Lecture on Saturday 23rd

Initially at classical music publisher Peters Edition, she promoted the music of John Cage, Mauricio Kagel and Brian Ferneyhough. Julia founded the artist agency Haferkorn Associates Ltd (1998) and, with Ed McKeon, the production company Third Ear Music Ltd (2010). 

She has worked with a range of new music artists, including the Arditti Quartet, Apartment House, Matthew Herbert and Icebreaker, and has set up concerts and tours all over Britain and world-wide. Other posts include Co-Artistic Director of the British Composer Awards (2014-16) and Artistic Director of the Chinese New Year celebrations on Trafalgar Square (since 2015). 

In 2011 she produced the research report Mapping Contemporary Music in Great Britain, funded by Arts Council England. National new music organisation Sound and Music commissioned Julia to write The Composer’s Toolkit (2013) and subsequently, The Producer’s Toolkit (2014), both available online. The Classical Music Industry, a collection of chapters written by scholars and industry professionals, edited by Julia and her Middlesex University colleague Chris Dromey, was published by Routledge in 2018. 


Dr. Catherine Moore

Adjunct Professor, Music Technology & Digital Media Program at University of Toronto

Lecture on Saturday 23rd

A graduate of Bishop’s University, Canada (Honours BA, English Literature) and the Conservatoire de musique in Montreal (Organ Performance), Dr. Moore completed her PhD in music at The University of Liverpool, England where her doctoral dissertation explored the life and music of the 17th-century Italian composer and violinist Michelangelo Rossi. She has been a music critic since 1990 for American Record Guide. Recent academic conference papers include: "Second Fiddle: Record Labels in the Time of Participatory Audiences, User-Generated Distribution, and Shared Authority" (University of Newcastle, UK); and "Here and Now: Preserving Occasional Music in the Age of Digital On-Demand" (Royal Academy of Music, UK). 

In the Faculty of Music, Dr. Moore teaches about music entrepreneurship and digital media distribution. In both courses, the emphasis is on rapid change in digital and international business -- always with a focus on the ways that cultural and aesthetic expertise is required in business decisions. Her research areas include new ways to measure digital media content and the sustainability of cities through multi-national music initiatives. 

Catherine Moore started in the music business managing a retail store in Liverpool, England. Since then, she has been sales manager for Harmonia Mundi Records in London, international marketing manager for Nimbus Records at their Welsh headquarters, and a marketing director (jazz and classical music) for A&M Records in New York. While in New York in the late 1980s, she served on the local N.A.R.A.S. Board of Governors and on the Classical Screening Committee for the Grammy® Awards. She was an expert witness in a precedent-setting legal case brought by US federal regulators about joint ventures and price/advertising manipulation in the recorded music business. 

Roenik Roa


Performance on Friday 22nd

The Dutch/Colombian guitarist Roenik Roa studied Musicology at the University of Amsterdam, before deciding to take up jazz guitar at the Amsterdam Conservatory (CvA). In the Roenik Roa Trio, with Misha Voeykov on bass and Saïd Vroon on drums, groove, vibe and JUICE are front and center.


The music is inspired by the LA scene, with influences from Hiphop, R&B, Neo Soul, Latin and Gospel. The most prominent musical influences are artists and producers like Thundercat, Mxxwll, Anderson P.aak and Tom Misch. 



Performance on Friday 22nd

Arran Mesout aka Arklay is a one-man musical machine from Essex (U.K.), who writes, produces, and promotes his own music in the goal to create something truly unique and captivating. Something dark but hopeful. Something with the essence of horror and survival, laced with a desire to live.


He grew up on Nirvana and Muse and found his place in the metal scene during his teens. As he grew up and evolved so, did his musical influence and taste. He now takes inspiration from anything and everything he enjoys. This is the message Arklay always want you to remember and feel from his music ... Always follow the light, chase it even. Much like a moth, our sense of self is only preserved when we are away from darkness.


POLIS Ensemble


Performance on Friday 22nd

POLIS Ensemble was founded in December 2011 in Athens. The Greek word "polis" tries to photograph all those Mediterranean cities, which were for centuries the locus of amalgamation between the musical traditions of Greeks and Turks, Arabs and Persians, Armenians and Romanians, Italians, Jews and Roma. 


Using this aesthetic of the Eastern Mediterranean as a soundboard and combining art music of both East and West with Greek regional idioms and contemporary music, the band embarks on a musical journey full of emotional affect and moments of ecstasy, for ports as of yet unknown. During last eight years, the sextet from Athens had the pleasure and honour to collaborate with great singers, virtuosi, actors or vocal ensembles and has been invited and performed in very special and important concert halls and music festivals in Greece and abroad. 

POLIS Ensemble videos, concerts and discography, have been largely publicized, with enthusiastic reviews to significant musical magazines as well as on line articles. 

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Carine Hartman

Programming Assistant at TivoliVredenburg

Panel and Workshop on Friday 22nd. 

Carine Hartman is an MA Applied Musicology graduate at Utrecht University and received her master’s degree in 2019. During her studies, she did a lot of voluntary work at multiple (classical) music festivals to gain experience in the field of festival production.  

Currently, Carine works at TivoliVredenburg Utrecht as a programming assistant in the classical department. This position includes close contact with the classical programmers and other departments within TivoliVredenburg such as marketing, ticketing and production as well as external parties such as musicians and music managements.  

Ferdinand Bräu

Senior Product Designer & Artist Relations Manager Bösendorfer

Workshop on Friday 22nd. 

Ferdinand Bräu has been a staff member of the Austrian Bösendorfer Klavierfabrik, the oldest pianomanufactory within the premium segment, since 1978. He has been trained as a piano builder and tuning/voicing technician at the Bösendorfer factory. Knowing the ins and outs of piano manufacturing, he has held various positions within the company, such as teacher for tuning and voicing, head of engineering, and head of production, development and service. Ferdinand now is senior product designer and artist relation manager at Bösendorfer.