The Montreux Jazz Competitions have become the Montreux Jazz Talent Awards: the Festival’s programmers select the jazz of tomorrow, and each evening introduce a new band or keyboard artist on the stage La Coupole in the House of Jazz.
The Montreux Jazz Talent Awards underscore different ways of imagining virtuosity and jazz in all its forms, blending different cultures and sounds. Demos from 16 artists will be evaluated by an Artists Committee, composed of musicians well known at the Festival. The artists will then be judged during their live performance by a second jury. Two prizes are awarded: the Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Keys Award, the Shure Montreux Jazz Band Award and the Fairmont European Tour Award.