17. April – 09. May 2021

Green Mission

Here at nexTus Festival we are invested in expanding our impact on the world, not just by making music, but by taking care of the environment. A universal team effort towards a healthy, conscious and flourishing planet gives our work and lives more meaning. As musicians and artists, we believe in kindness, community and empathy. So, this year we’re taking action by partnering with two amazing organisations – Harmonic Progression and OneTreePlanted. We invite our audience to join us in building new habits to provide a better future for our planet.

Harmonic Progression

Harmonic Progression is a new grass-roots organisation inspiring more care for the planet and societies in the classical music world. It encourages people to take small steps by offering simple and meaningful ideas of what can be done to help. Harmonic Progression also provides a wealth of information and research, runs campaigns (such as Strings4All, collecting used strings to give to those who can’t afford to buy strings), and shines a spotlight on the great initiatives that are already taking place in classical music. It is run by volunteers and anyone can get involved; We need help researching new ideas, inspiring ensembles and organisations to get involved, and running campaigns.
We look forward to seeing you on our journey!

All the festival artists have individually chosen one or two tasks from the list provided by Harmonic Progression. We hope to motivate you to join this movement too!

Here is a selection of things you can do to help (click on the tasks to find out more):

For the first 200 tasks taken up by audience members, nexTus festival and Harmonic Progression will plant 200 trees through onetreeplanted. To allow us to count your task, we kindly ask you to make a post about it tagging us on your Instagram: @harmonicprogression_classical & @nextus.festival
or facebook: @harmonicprogression_classical & @nextus.festival

Don't forget to check the Harmonic Progression website for more options, to make suggestions and to get involved:


One Tree Planted is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees. Their projects span the globe and are done in partnership with local communities and knowledgeable experts to create an impact for nature, people, and wildlife. Reforestation helps to rebuild forests after fires and floods, provide jobs for social impact, and restore biodiversity. Many projects have overlapping objectives, creating a combination of benefits that contribute to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. To learn more, visit


Our audience has the possibility to make a small donation to One Tree Planted when booking their festival ticket.

Book tickets here!

The donation will go towards the OneTreePlanted reforestation projects in Latin America - rebuilding forests and restoring land so the benefits of healthy tropical forests can be felt around the world. It will also help reduce the digital carbon footprint of the nexTus Festival.

Read more about where your trees are being planted here:
Latin America

Learn more about Strings4All

What happens to violin, viola, cello, or double bass strings that are no longer used? In some countries, due to lack of resources, musicians are forced to make their own strings in order to continue playing. They resort to making use of whatever is available, (for example a bicycle or telephone wire). At the same time, many strings are thrown away in other countries, meaning these resources go to waste. Strings4all, run by Harmonic Progression, aims to help people and the planet simultaneously. If you love music and want to support and connect with musicians in need, we encourage you to take part by donating your strings or becoming a local coordinator for Strings 4all. To find out more, please visit Harmonic Progression’s “Strings4All page” .

Get to know the musicians behind the Green Mission

Sofia Livotov – Soprano

Since I was a child, nature has always been a great source of inspiration for me. In my professional life, the repertoire I perform as a classical singer is strongly influenced by it, and I am convinced that if we can manage to protect our environment, we can also offer the arts a prosperous future. Because without both, humanity will not be able to survive.

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Olga Rodon – Recorder Player

As musicians we have shown that things can be done distinctively: we have made our passion our job, and we have touched hearts withoutwords. Our environment is important because it’s a part of us. Keeping it clean means keeping humanity alive. Musicians know that doing things differently is not easy, but it’s worth it. My interest in bringing inspiration and joy through

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Francisca Bastos

Francisca Bastos – Bassoon

For me what connects music and caring for the environment is empathy. We make and listen to music because it touches and connects us.Empathy for others, for animals, for the environment… It’s a team effort. A few little good decisions every day, by everyone can heal the Earth and put us on a path to recovery and better health for

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Johanna Kam – Pianist

We musicians are driven by the motivation to contribute to a better future, with a vision of sustainability. With our music, we aim to inspire and to move people to take action and make a difference, together. We are hopeful that we can create a greener future for the next generations, and make an impact with

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Erika Cedeño

Erika Cedeño – Violist

I believe that as musicians we can have a more active role in society, helping others and creating spaces for union with our music. By Caring for the Earth, we create a space in harmony for ourselves and others.

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Dalina Ugarte – Violinist

For me, nature means life, music means life. Being in nature makes me happy, playing the violin makes me happy. During the last years, nature has been a very important source of inspiration for me as an artist. That´s why I have decided to give it something back: love, care and music. I strongly believe that art and nature can be the most beautiful “symbiosis”with a positive effect on our lives and for the future.

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Arabella Brunner – Pianist & Composer

Music – to me – is not only a universal language but also a powerful tool to instantly evoke emotions in our listeners. Music holds the power to touch people on a deeper level, by circumventing the nature of the human mind. As a conscious musician, I use my ability to compose music on behalf of something greater – on behalf of humanity, on behalf of nature, on behalf of Mother Earth.

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Antonija Pacek – Pianist & Composer

My personal green mission is to keep the Earth green, as we need it for our good health and for our next generations! My human mission is to support those in great need; thus, I volunteered to play Community support concerts at the Geriatric home Rodaun in Vienna to touch the hearts of its residents and to uplift their spirits. Some of the residents held hands during the concerts and

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