Socar Montreux Jazz Electric Guitar Competition Results 21-year-old Pedro Martins has won this year’s guitar competition at the Montreux Jazz Festival. After a process through which the competitors and judges got to know each other very well, the jury, presided over by Kurt Rosenwinkel, voted unanimously for this young Brazilian guitarist and composer, considered one of the most promising talents of his generation. This competition was marked by an emotional surprise for all the candidates: the unexpected presence of John McLaughlin on the jury. These three top finishers will join the six most successful artists from the piano and voice competitions, as well as the winner of the Prix du Public, as participants in the second edition of the Montreux Jazz Academy from 5 to 11 October 2015.
Pedro Martins, 21, is a self-taught guitarist and composer. He has worked, among others, with Milton Nascimento. His first studio album, Dreaming High (Adventure Music, 2012),
Received glowing criticism both on the web and in high-profile jazz magazines. Pedro Martins grabs the attention of his listeners by his Brazil-inflected playing style, his refined technique, and a true talent for improvisation and composition.
Born in Havana, Cuba in 1989, Héctor Manuel Quintara Ferreiro studied classical guitar at the Manuel Saumell Music School from 1999 to 2004. He then went on to the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory, graduating in 2008. While performing as part of the “Joaquin Betancourt” jazz big band, he studied at the Instituto Superior de Arte. He has won numerous awards, including first prize at the Musicalia classical guitar competition in 2007 and first prize at the Jo Jazz competition in 2011. He recorded his first LP, Dactilar, in 2014.
Sebastian Böhlen (Germany) has already performed in Europe, Australia, and North America, including concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, and the Berlin Philharmonic. He has made recordings with various groups for radio stations including Deutschlandfunk, WDR, NDR, Deutsche Welle, NPR, and ABC Radio. Since 2013 he has taught improvisation at the Mannheim University of Music. He won the award for best composition at the Avignon Festival’s “Tremplin Jazz” in 2012, and the Preatorius Musikpreis in 2005. He has twice been recognized by the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award.
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