Montreux Jazz Foundation 2

Montreux Jazz Foundation 2

The Montreux Jazz 2 Foundation for Creative and Cultural Exchange was established in order to facilitate a dialogue between artists at home and abroad, to bring together jazz and classical music enthusiasts, to build bridges between the public and internationally renowed musicians, to provide young musicians from across the world with the opportunity to meet and create lasting friendships, to create a dialogue between music and texts, to inspire children to explore their musicality, to export our local culture, to break down barriers between musical styles, to mix the arts with music, to create a high profile platform for popular music…

Download the De FACTO 2008 in pdf (in French only)
Download the De FACTO 2009 in pdf (in French only)
Download the De FACTO 2010 in pdf (in French only)

Competitions

Competitions

Solo piano and voice. It seemed only natural to support artists who will one day be catapulted into the public eye. Young musicians are encouraged to participate by professional music and clubs around the world and some of them are selected to take part in the finals at Montreux. Well-known musicians make up the juries of what are the only jazz competitions in the world integrating improvisation, blues and composition.

To lend a helping hand to local musicians too, the Conseil de Léman – an association composed of representatives from the French departments of Ain and Haute-Savoie and the Swiss cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Valais – has joined forces with the Festival to launch the Tremplin Lémanique. This competition, devoted to a different musical style each year, rewards one band from the Lake Geneva region.


Bösendorfer Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition

In 1999, the desire to provide one such opportunity led Claude Nobs, founder and director of the Festival, to create the world’s first international solo 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.

Download the programme of the Piano competition 2010

The winners of the 12th Bösendorfer Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition are:


1st prize: Nikolay Sidorenko (Russia)
2nd prize ex-aequo : Logan Thomas (USA) & David Helbock (Austria)
3rd prize : Zoltan Balogh (Hungary)
Special prize: Tuomas Antero Turunen (Finland)
Public Prize : David Helbock (Austria)


Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition

In 2003, the desire to provide one such opportunity led Claude Nobs, founder and director 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 music vocalists struggling for recognition, but also to enable them to meet singers of the same age and level from other countries.

Download the programme of the 2010 Voice Competition

Winners of the 2010 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition sont :

1st prize : Sanem Kalfa (Turkey)
2nd prize : Yuliana Rogacheva (Russia)
3rd prize : Maria Joao Mendes (Portugal)
Public prize : Yuliana Rogacheva (Russia)


Montreux Jazz Tremplin Lémanique Electro 2010

The Conseil du Léman, an association grouping the French departments of Ain and Haute Savoie and the Swiss cantons of Geneva, Vaud and Valais, is to increase its involvement in the Montreux Jazz Festival this year. Bands from these three regions whose average age is thirty or under can take part in the Tremplin Lémanique. Every year, a different musical genre is to be chosen. Jazz opened the first edition 2008, then Rock in 2009 and in 2010, it is the turn to Electronic Music!

See the programme of the competitions online

Creations

Creations

By bringing together talents from around the world on the same stage for unique encounters, by blending cultures and generations for an evening, the Festival’s creations are intended as an original and living tributes to the styles and artists that have marked the history of music.

Saturday July 3, Salon de Musique du Montreux Palace, 7pm
Lecture en Musique : "Lolita" from Vladimir Nabokov
Students from the Montreux-Vevey-Riviera music conservatory and Manufacture, French-speaking Switzerland's University of Dramatic Arts, have rehearsed together the texts and the standards to which the book refers. A fine collaboration between two artistic disciplines and a superb way of experimenting with jazz using words and notes.

Sunday July 4, Montreux Palace, 5pm
Boris Vian: «Lʼécume des jours» - Lecture en Musique

Students from the Montreux-Vevey-Riviera music conservatory and Manufacture, French-speaking Switzerland’s University of Dramatic Arts, have rehearsed together the texts and the standards to which the book refers. A fine collaboration between two artistic disciplines and a superb way of experimenting with jazz using words and notes.

Friday July 9, Chillon Castel, 9pm
Carte Blanche around Ravel - Made in Montreux - Yaron Herman
Ravel was fascinated by the pioneers of jazz and said: "You Americans take jazz too lightly. You seem to see it as music that is worthless, vulgar and ephemeral. I believe it will give birth to the national music of the United States." He introduced touches of jazz into his work... perhaps those he composed when he was staying in Montreux and seeing Stravinsky regularly.

Saturday July 10, Chillon Castel, 9pm
Jazz meets Classic: Carte Blanche around de Chopin - Eastern Delights - Leszek Mozdzer:
Ravel was fascinated by the pioneers of jazz and said: "You Americans take jazz too lightly. You seem to see it as music that is worthless, vulgar and ephemeral. I believe it will give birth to the national music of the United States." He introduced touches of jazz into his work... perhaps those he composed when he was staying in Montreux and seeing Stravinsky regularly.

See the programme of the Creations 2010

Didactica

Didactica

Perhaps the best expression of the Foundation 2’s philosophy can be found in the context of the educational projects. Ever more popular, the work-shops began in the early days of the Festival and are totally in keeping with Claude Nobs’ desire to give the public and musicians an opportunity to share unique moments. In the sumptuous setting of the Petit Palais, music-lovers spend an hour or two in the company of legendary artists they usually only see from afar. The musicians generously give their time and obviously enjoy presenting demonstrations, debates, masterclasses or telling personal anecdotes in the theme of their choice. It goes without saying that music is omnipresent.


Workshops

Early in the history of the Festival, Claude Nobs regretted the lack of contact between the musicians and the public outside the context of the concerts.  He sought a way to provide a specific setting for more intimate musical encounters. For the past fifteen years ago or so, afternoon workshops at the Petit Palais have given these encounters a more official structure.

Some choose to tell anecdotes related to their careers, others give technical demonstrations or launch debates on a specific theme. The artists enjoy these rare opportunities to meet their public and many have represented several workshops over the years.

Download the programme of the workshops (pdf)

See the programme of the workshops online

Music in the Park

Music in the Park

During the Festival, the public can attend free concerts in the Parc Vernex. Devoted to discoveries of all musical genres, this stage enables Swiss and international bands to play to large, enthusiastic audiences and is a rare opportunity for them to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of a big festival and meet professional. For the public it provides a chance to see upcoming musicians of a high standard. Rarely seen in Europe, traditional American big bands complete the bill.

See the programme of Music in the Park online

Eastern Delights

Eastern Delights

What do we really know about the east of our continent? What do we know of the abundance of living cultures, that mosaic of people who are only too happy to be able to speak of their hopes and their stories. The Eastern Delights project is dedicated to the music and aromas of the fascinating countries between the Adriatic Sea and the Ural Mountains. This year, Poland and Russia.

Two creations are related to that project this year : a Lecture en Musique of 'Lolita' by Vladimir Nabokov and a Carte Blanche around Chopin by Lesdzek Mozdzer
See the complete programme of the creations

Venues

Venues

Petit Palais

Wood, light and atmosphere that you would think no longer existed make up the decor offered by one of the region’s most beautiful halls. In the prestigious setting, with its backdrop of lake and mountains, the artist will present their workshops surrounded by the sparkling sounds of their music.


Château de Chillon

Within the castle’s eight-hundred year old walls, a concert can be nothing but unique. Words spoken in the majestic decor of this guardian of Lake Geneva take on a different meaning. Yaron Herman and Leszek Mozdzer will convince those who still doubt the magic of Chillon Castle.

A bar is available before and after the shows.
The day of the show, the ticket gives free entrance to the Castle starting from 10am.


L'hôtel des Trois Couronnes


Since 1842, the Hôtel des Trois Couronnes stands on the shores of Lake Geneva facing the Alps. This venerable hotel was renovated in 2000 by talented architects who have taken into account its rich history while adding a modern twist. Heritage is therefore extremely well highlighted and it will be the ideal setting to relive its glorious days during the stay of the Czarina Alexandra Fedeorovna!

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