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Competitions

Since 1967, the world’s greatest jazz pianists have graced the stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival. Their biographies tell tumultuous tales of hard work and artistic endeavor, but also of solidarity with fellow musicians and magical opportunities. 

In 1999, the desire to provide one such opportunity led Claude Nobs, founder of the Festival, to create the world’s first international Solo Piano Competition for professional jazz pianists. His aim was not only to lend a helping hand to young musicians struggling for recognition, but also to enable them to meet pianists of the same age and level from other countries.

The Solo Piano Competition is open to musicians under the age of 30. 

In 2003, the desire to provide one such opportunity led Claude Nobs, founder of the Festival, to create an international voice competition for professional jazz singers. His aim was not only to lend a helping hand to young singers struggling for recognition, but also to enable them to meet singers of the same age and level from other countries. The Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition is open to singers under the age of 35. 

In 2004, the desire to provide one such opportunity led Claude Nobs, founder of the Festival, to create an international electric guitar competition for professional guitarists. His aim was not only to lend a helping hand to young guitar players struggling for cognition, but also to enable them to meet guitarists of the same age and level from other countries. The guitar competition is open to musicians under the age of 30. 

Only four prizes per competition are awarded each year. But the organizers believe that all the participants leave Montreux with the conviction that they have taken their career one step further through this culturally enriching musical experience.