Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation - Logo Montreux Jazz Festival - Logo
ADDISON FREI WINS THE PIANO COMPETITION

ADDISON FREI WINS THE PIANO COMPETITION

The American pianist, Addison Frei, has won the Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition.

Legendary Chicago jazzman, Ramsey Lewis, presided over the jury which also counted in its number, Jeff Dessibourg, Dominik Deuber, Joji Hattori, Philippe Pellaud & François Carrard, President of the Montreux Jazz Festival Foundation.

Despite fierce competition, the mood among the candidates remained remarkably good-natured, so much so that as soon as the prize giving ended, the three laureates graciously improvised a piece for 6 Hands on the competition piano.  

1st Prize: Addison Frei

This is not the first accolade that has been bestowed upon the New York based pianist, who is originally from Kansas. He has won first prize in several competitions, including the UNISA International Piano Competition that took place in Pretoria in 2016 and the American Jazz Pianist Competition that took place in Florida in 2015. The young prodigy has also toured and recorded with Janis Siegel, founder of the jazz group Manhattan Transfer. Of the 5 albums he has already released, Frei recorded three with AMP Trio with whom he recently toured Japan.

2nd and 3rd place were respectively accorded to the American, Billy Test, and the Russian, Andrey Marukhin.

All three laureates will participate in the 4th Montreux Jazz Academy that will take place from 23rd February to 3rd March 2018. 

ALEXANDER LÖVMARK WINS THE VOICE COMPETITION

ALEXANDER LÖVMARK WINS THE VOICE COMPETITION

The Swedish singer Alexander Lövmark wins the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. Franco-American singer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, presided over the jury, which also counted in its number: Swiss composer, Jérôme Berney; Swiss-Albanian singer, Elina Duni; Le Temps journalist, Stéphane Gobbo; and Radio Fribourg director, Thierry Savary.

The three finalists delivered sensational performances, dazzling their already giddy audience who attended the competition in droves.

1st Prize: Alexander Lövmark

Vocalist and composer, Alexander Lövmark studied at the Academy of Music and Arts, specialising in improvisation. A trained bass player, the Swedish musician based in Gothenburg, discovered a passion for singing at the age of 20. He recently recorded his first album, Perfect Storm, scheduled for release in autumn of this year. The album also features his collaboration with Chilean saxophonist, Melissa Aldana.

2nd and 3rd place were respectively accorded to the German Sara Decker, and the South African Talie Monin.

All three laureates will participate in the 4th Montreux Jazz Academy that will take place from 23rd February to 3rd March 2018. 

KASPER AGNAS WINS THE GUITAR COMPETITION

KASPER AGNAS WINS THE GUITAR COMPETITION

The 25 year-old Swede, Kasper Agnas, wins the Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition. Presided over by Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, the jury comprised of Pierre Philippe Cadert (guitarist and RTS journalist), Barbara Canepa (Head of Jazz, Pro Helvetia), Julien Feltin (Director of EJMA), Jean-Claude Reber (Director of CMVR) and Julien Revilloud (Professor of Guitar at EJMA).

The gap between the young Swede and his competitors was judged to be so considerable that the jury decided not to attribute the second prize. Third place was therefore awarded to two guitarists: the Australian, Felix Lalanne and the South Korean, Shangjun Ahn.

1st Prize: Kasper Agnas

Born in 1992, Kasper Agnas has, over the past three years, been at the helm of the new Swedish jazz scene. He has collaborated with a number of European musicians (Julia Strzalek, Susana Santos Silva, David Stackenäs, Joakim Milder, Nils Landgren…) and received critical acclaim for his group Agnas Bros., bringing together his three brothers with whom he has toured several European countries.

All three laureates will participate in the 4th Montreux Jazz Academy that will take place from 23rd February to 3rd March 2018.

Prix du public UBS 2017

Prix du public UBS 2017

Sportelli wins the Prix du Public UBS! His folk compositions, use of percussive guitar and tapping techniques have won over the hearts of the public. An outstanding victory for this musician who has played on the streets of Montreux in the past.
Sportelli has therefore become the fourth singer-songwriter to win the competition organised by Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation and UBS. Thanks to this prize, he will have the opportunity to record his compositions with a professional sound engineer at Balik Farm Studio.

The Montreux Jazz program has arrived!

The Montreux Jazz program has arrived!

Artistic convergences, jubilant encounters, and close connections between generations: this 51st edition illustrates all the facets of the Montreux Jazz Festival. 

Sculpted with precision, the programming draws upon the foundational strength of jazz, discovers gripping young talents, and heralds the decisive returns of pop sensations and R&B royalty. Particularly rich, the program for this edition reveals subtle alchemies and variegated genres. Care for details, so important in Montreux, gives a profound and intense texture to this lineup.

Experience the Montreux Jazz Festival Out of the Box!

The Out of the Box experience brings yet another aspect to the programming. Through emblematic sites in the region, the Festival offers a tailor-made showcase for a limited selection of outstanding artists. Out of the Box delivers magnificent combinations, sometimes unexpected, sometimes obvious, between unusual venues and artists who defy classification. Outside the Festival grounds, these historical sites invite you to experience exceptional concerts in a serene, nearly meditative fashion.

Ticket office opening: Friday March 31st at 10am.

--> Buy your tickets!

 

Our mission

Our mission

The Montreux Jazz Festival has always had two sets of ears when it comes to deciding which acts to invite. On the one hand, it is a a world-class venue for musical giants who, ever since the first festival, have come to make their mark. But it is also a sounding-board for little-heard voices, a breeding ground for new talent, where artists take their first tentative steps before spreading their wings and setting off for new horizons.

This vital role of springboard, so dear to Claude Nobs' heart, has been performed since 2007 by the Montreux Jazz Foundation 2. Each year, for the two weeks of the Festival, the Foundation has opened up a dialogue between artists and audiences, inviting us to connect and discover, and fostering meaningful cultural ties within the Festival's incredible venues. The Foundation is taking a whole new dimension as it becomes the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation.

Of course, the Foundation will continue to hold its now-legendary competitions, as well as its intimate and spectacular concerts each July. But the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation will also work year-round on its mission as a musical world-weaver and accompanist to the musical giants of tomorrow. And with the creation of the Montreux Jazz Academy, designed to guide budding artists as they burst onto the professional scene, the Foundation is proclaming a powerful message: the future of Jazz is bright - and it starts in Montreux.