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

Forbes Magazine

“RISING STARS 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

“My whole life I have worked to further the career of young and
upcoming artists. I am very happy 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