The Swiss Florian Favre Trio wins the jazz competition B-Jazz International Contest 2016, held during the Leuven Jazz festival.
Six finalists from five countries went for the ‘Grand Prize Albert Michiels’.
An overview of the prizes & winners:
The winner of the first prize, the ‘Grand Prize Albert Michiels‘, is Florian Favre Trio (Switzerland), a trio lead by Florian Favre on piano, Manu Hagmann on double bass and Arthur Hnatek on drums.
From the jury report:
“This band has a very high level of proficiency and professionalism.
There was a great build up and contour of the set, ranging from very delicate to highly intense moments, within the jazz tradition, but always fresh and surprising, with never a dull moment.
With great coherence and interplay between the band members, always finding a balance between seriousness and apparent pleasure, meanwhile connecting very well with the audience and therefor creating a great atmosphere.”
The second prize was won by Laurent Coulondre Trio (France) and Maciek Wojcieszuk Quintet (Poland) took home the third prize.
Prize for best soloist: Florian Favre (piano – Florian Favre Trio)
Prize for best bass player: Manu Hagmann (Florian Favre Trio)
Sabam for Culture Prize (= prize for the best live interpretation of ‘Eternal July‘ (composed by Piotr Matusik): Florian Favre Trio
Prize for the winner of the Composition Contest B-Jazz 2016: ‘Eternal July’ by Piotr Matusik (Poland).