As early as the first edition in 1967 the Montreux Jazz Festival was organizing jazz competitions. Ever since, we have been adapting them to the realities of the day. This year, the Montreux Jazz Talent Awards are taking over from the Montreux Jazz Competitions.
The Montreux Jazz Talent Awards underscore different ways of imagining virtuosity and jazz in all its forms. Demos from 16 artists chosen directly by the Festival’s team of programmers will be evaluated by an Artists Committee, composed of musicians and producers well known at the Festival. The artists will then be judged by a second jury at a public performance on the stage La Coupole. Two prizes will be awarded:
- the Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Keys Award for the best on piano or keyboard
- the Shure Montreux Jazz Band Award for the best band