2015 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition Results: In a thrilling finale last night, young artist Dai Liang (China) won the 2015 Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition. The jury, presided over by Israel’s Yaron Herman, underscored the difficulty of deliberations given the extremely high level of competition. The fifteen-year-old Chinese musician prevailed through his technical skills and sensitivity, edging out Yakir Arbib (Israel) and Oláh Krisztian (Hungary).
All three top finishers will join their six counterparts from the guitar and voice competitions, as well as the winner of the Prix du Public UBS, as participants in the second edition of the Montreux Jazz Academy from 5 to 11 October 2015.
1st Prize: Dai Liang aka A Bu (China, 1999)
A Bu is a 15-year-old Chinese pianist from Beijing. After studying classical and jazz piano at Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing he moved to New York in September 2014 to study at the Juilliard School Pre-College. Early 2015, A Bu recorded his 2nd album at Avatar Studio NYC with great musicians such as Antonio Hart and Tom Kennedy. A Bu has played many festivals in China and France. On 30 April 2015, A Bu played at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert invited by Unesco.
2nd Prize: Yakir Arbib (Italy, 1989)
Yakir Arbib is an international award-winning pianist and composer equally versed both in classical music and jazz. He is a four-time winner of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation for young talents (2006-2009), winner of the "Massimo Urbani International Jazz Award" (2008) and was signed at age 19 by the European "Philology Jazz Records" under which he released his first album in trio "Portrait". Arbib tours the world as composer-pianist performing his original music, and has been commissioned by international ensembles such as "ALEA III", "The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra", "Triple Helix Piano Trio" and "Stradivari String Sextet". He holds a BM Cum Laude in Piano and Composition from "Berklee College of Music" in Boston.
3rd Prize: Krisztian Oláh (Hungary, 1995)
Krisztian Oláh is a pianist and composer studying jazz-piano in Karoly Binder’s class at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Between 2010 and 2014 he studied classical piano in the Bela Bartok Conservatory in Budapest. At the age of 12 he had already developed an interest in 20th century classical music and free improvisation. Krisztian was inspired by his father, Kálmán Oláh, becoming more and more involved in jazz. In 2012 he won 2nd prize at the Hungarian Jazz Combo Competition. At the beginning of 2014 I founded the Colour Art Ensemble, where his trio and a classical chamber orchestra performed compositions written and arranged by himself.
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