“JazzBeet” is the international competition for young musicians of the Jazzfest Bonn.

in collaboration with BTHVN2020 for the Beethoven Anniversary

A central component of the Jazzfest Bonn – supported by the BTHVN Projektgesellschaft – is the newly founded international competition “JazzBeet”. The competition is aimed at young jazz musicians from all over the world who collaborate and perform in a fixed trio formation. The aim of the competition is: Find your own voice, think laterally, venture something new and have the courage to take artistic risks. “There are young jazz musicians all over the world who compose and make music at an enormously high artistic level. With this competition, we want to make some of the most exciting projects visible and give young musicians the opportunity to present their artistic ideas to a large audience,” says the festival’s director, Peter Materna.

In an international call for tenders in the summer of 2019, young professionals from all over the world were approached to explore the thoughts, tools and revolutionary ideas of the great composer. In February 2020, the jury, consisting of Julia Hülsmann (jazz pianist), Roger Hanschel (saxophonist) and Ulrich Stock (journalist, Die Zeit), together with the Jazzfest Bonn project office, selected six finalists from among the applicants. Each band has a program of about 40 minutes, including at least one piece of music that deals with the artistic idea of a work by Ludwig van Beethoven. All styles of modern and contemporary jazz were admitted, original compositions were expressly desired.

This year, the finals will now take the form of a combined digital-analog event. The competition concerts will take place live in the bands’ respective home countries and will be digitally broadcast to the jury meeting on site in Bonn. A staggered prize money is foreseen for all participating bands. The first prize winner will receive prize money of 5,000 euros and will be presented to a larger audience at a Jazzfest Bonn concert.

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