How it all started
It all started about 30 months back: On October 31st, 2014. I had a meeting with Prof. Luc Soete, rector magnificus of the University of Maastricht. And in that meeting I talked for the first time about my idea to create an institute in which academic research would lead to new approaches in the classical music practice.
Luc Soete was positive and so I was invited to have a follow-up meeting on January 7, 2015 with the President of the University of Maastricht, Prof. Martin Paul, a pharmacologist, who turned out to also be a classical music lover. Also Martin was enthusiastic and together we set out a road-map how to come to the launch of that very institute
The launch in April 2017
The Maastricht Centre for the Innovation of Classical Music (MCICM) has now been launched and the Centre will start its activities in the beginning of the year 2018.
Why we need that Centre
For me this feels like two times Christmas on the same day. It is a dream come true as I honestly feel that we need a place in the world where information about renewal of classical music practice comes together. I have the feeling that everyone’s view on initiatives for renewal of classical music practice is until today mostly accidental. Of course, we all have our networks and exchange views within that network. But most of the times we hit new initiatives purely by chance. That’s why a database in which existing research projects are collected and categorized are an essential part of the MCICM’s work.
Also I know from experience that it is hugely difficult for an orchestra to throw symphonic traditions overboard and try something completely new with an open mind. The setting with the South Netherlands Philharmonic as a laboratory actually allows that space that many orchestra’s don’t have at this point. The SNP is keen to discover new models and that is – in my opinion – a huge chance for the classical orchestra at large
Will the symphonic tradition have to go?
Very often I am asked that question. And I don’t think it has to go. I personally do not think that the formula of the orchestra performing in a concert-hall will actually be redundant in the next decades. On the contrary, I think that there will be even more need from the people to attend activities which allows them to be and discover themselves. However, I also think that the classical orchestra needs to widen his view of what it can actually do and provide for a rich cultural landscape in which classical music is again a relevant factor.What I try to achieve are alternative models to bring classical music and it’s central values to the societies around us.
The future vision of the MCICM
With the MCICM the symphonic music sector will get a new chance to broaden the range of activities. It can do so, because scientists with very different backgrounds will look at the symphony with a fresh view and with unorthodox approaches. The Centre can have quiet can impact in development of new models and also be a meeting point for those interested in the future of classical music.
And that’s why I am most grateful to the University of Maastricht and the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, as well as or funding bodies, most prominently the Province of Limburg and the NWO for their support of the MCICM.
Finally, here is a short TV interview for those who speak Dutch.
I will report regularly about the development MCICM in this blog.
Stefan Rosu, April 19th, 2017