The Filip Jers Quartet has won the European Jazz competition, which took place at LantarenVenster in Rotterdam Saturday, 6 July as part of the North Sea Jazz Festival.
The panel of judges, composed of radio producers from European public broadcasters and established musicians, awarded the prize to the Swedish band led by harmonica player Filip Jers for its ‘sensitive communication and outstanding arrangements of an intriguing repertoire.’
The award for best soloist was presented to Pat Cleaver who played bass with the Loran Witteveen Quintet from the Netherlands.
The European Jazz Competition seeks to promote young musicians in jazz ensembles by providing them with the opportunity to perform on stage at internationally renowned festivals.
Euroradio operated by the EBU plays a key role in the event. Young jazz musicians shortlisted for the finals are selected by European public broadcasters from the Euroradio community.
Other finalists included Gregor Fticar Trio (Slovenia ), Kadi Quartet (Finland), Loran Witteveen Quartet (The Netherlands) and Roller Trio (UK).