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

in collaboration with BTHVN2020 for the Beethoven Anniversary

In the upcoming year, international young jazz talents will try out new creative paths in the style of the great composer Beethoven in his native city. From 26 to 31 May 2020, Jazzfest Bonn – supported by the BTHVN Projektgesellschaft – invites young, professional trio formations to Beethoven’s hometown. 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 director, Peter Materna.

Starting in September 2019, young professionals from all over the world will be invited to take part in an international call for tenders to explore the thoughts, tools and revolutionary ideas of the great composer. JazzBeet is aimed at musicians born on or after 1 January 1991 studying jazz at international universities or young professionals working in permanent trio formations. Further requirements: 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 are permitted, own compositions are expressly desired.

Starting in January 2020, a jury will make a selection from the submitted applications, and six bands will be invited to Bonn in May 2020. During the festival, the musicians will work under the eyes of lecturers in rehearsals, some of which will be open to the public, and a staggered prize money will be provided for all the bands invited. The first prize winner will receive a prize money of 5,000 euros and will be presented to a larger audience at a concert of Jazzfest Bonn.

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