We are once again pleased to present the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition, which showcases up-and-coming vocal talents from around the world. The contest takes place each year during the legendary Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. Shure has been honoured to sponsor the competition since its inception back in 2003.
This year, just seven lucky singers have been selected from 100 entrants to perform at the festival on July 4. Germany alone accounts for three semifinalists, but there are also contestants hailing from Sweden, The Netherlands, South Africa and the United States. Both the semifinals and finals will be held at the Petit Théâtre at the Montreux Palace Hotel.
A three-person jury, headed by US vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, have the difficult job of picking three singers for the finals on July 5. The finalists will have just 15 minutes to convince the jury they possess the vocal chops impressive enough to be crowned the winner.
The first-place winner takes home a prize of 5,000 Swiss francs, plus a free recording session Balik Farm Studio in Switzerland’s Toggenburg region. The second- and third-place winners pocket 3,000 and 2,000 Swiss francs respectively. All three finalists will also receive Shure equipment worth €2,000.
As in years past, former winner Sabine Kühlich will offer backstage impressions on this blog during the contest.
Additionally, you’ll find videos, stories and images from the festival here. Get ready for another exciting contest by watching this video about the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition: