“For anyone who loves and champions jazz, it is gratifying to discover an award that supports emerging talent so superbly.”

Forbes Magazine

“LetterOne Jazz Award will be a major force in sharing my artistry to the world, and overall trajectory. I am truly grateful, honored, and thankful for this opportunity.”

Giveton Gelin

“I love Jazz. It’s part of my life. We are looking for up and coming jazz musicians – for new talent, who are just starting as young professionals – and want to help them on their way to become the jazz stars of tomorrow.”
“Today´s jazz market is very fragmented, with many individuals working in small operations who run festivals, clubs (often on voluntary basis), labels and distributors, as well as agencies. We want to help grow the next generation of Jazz artists and enable them to realise their potential.”

Mikhail Fridman on the launch of the LetterOne RISING STARS Jazz Award

““My whole life I have worked to further the career of young and upcoming artists. I am very happy that with the support of Mikhail Fridman it will be possible to continue with the RISING STARS scheme that was so successful from 1996 to 2004 and started the careers of artists such as Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Esbjörn Svensson, Nicholas Payton, Jane Monheit and many more in Europe.”

Burkhard Hopper

“When I first heard about the RISING STARS award and was asked to be on the jury for it I was super excited because I had seen so many talented musicians over the years not getting the right support and not developing according to their abilities. This award gives them the platform and publicity to excel and achieve on a European level. I am proud to be part of this process and to help support fresh talent.”

Jamie Cullum