Contest / Participants

Erik Leuthäuser

a German jazz singer living in Berlin during his vocal jazz studies. The award-winning young singer released his debut album In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee on MONS Records in November of 2015. It features Bebop with German Vocalese lyrics. Laureate of the “Riga Jazz Stage” International Vocal Jazz Competition in Latvia, the “Big Sky 2016” Jazz Voice Competition in Moscow and „Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition“. Currently he is working on his second studio record which will be released by the German Record Label „Edel/MPS“ in 2018.

Barbara Błaszczyk

vocalist, pianist, composer and songwriter. The music she creates defines her,  richness of feelings and emotions and simplicity combined with imaginative way of composing. Aproaching  vocal as an instrument, she experiments with sound and color. Poetry inspired lyrics comes together with subtle melodies. In her composistions, she looks for space, freedom, breath, intimacy and a touch of silence. A student of Jazz Institute of Academy of Music in Katowice.

Cécile Andrée

a French singer/actress Cecile Andree started her musical experience through polyphonies which remain an essential part of her musical world that she entered at the age of 10 . She is a choir conductor who writes choirs arrangements. Her most recent projects are based on ballads, with the objective to "slow down" as well as contemporary jazz influanced by pop including her compositions and lyrics.

Daniel Cebula-Onirycz

he began his musical journey at the age of 3. He has been improving his vocal and instrumental skills in music schools ever since. A student at the Academy of Music in Katowice, Poland in love with jazz, soul, electro and gospel music. As a co-director of Nysa Gospel Choir, he toured in Poland and abroad. He recorded several albums as a sideman; currently he is working on his first own record.

Julia Kania

vocalist, composer, pianist and songwriter. She learns music since she was 7, however, ten years later, she became fascinated with singing. She graduated from Jazz Institute of Music Academy in Katowice. She adores watching people and that’s where her inspirations come from. She is not a talkative type. In her compositions, she looks for frugality of simplicity . “Less means more” - that’s the rule she follows.

Nastja Volokitina

born in Odessa, Ukraine. A graduate from Vladimir College of Music specialising in jazz vocals, currently studying at Franz Liszt University of Music in Weimar, Germany. She has performed her compositions to great acclaim with both chamber music ensembles and large classical orchestras throughout Europe and Russia. A laureate of the prestigious Jazz Voice Competition in Montreux, Switzerland and the Riga Jazz Stage, Latvia. She performed at several international jazz festivals.

Przemek Kleczkowski

was born in Hrubieszów in the furthest east of Poland. He graduated from the Academy of Music at the Department of Composition of Education and Jazz Studies. He has performed at jazz festivals in Poland and abroad. Currently working on his debut album, which he has already invited well known young musicians such as Szymon Mika, Franciszek Raczkowski and Patryk Dobosz. The music he presents is primarily his own compositions, which the greatest strength, as the artist himself says, is simplicity combined with the element of improvisation.

Kilian Sladek

A singer, composer and lyricist from Munich, Bavaria. A jazz vocal student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich. Besides his academical studies he also came in contact (whatever it means :) with american jazz-greats like Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Alan Broadbent, Sandy Patton, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Christian Scott. Since 2012 he's a constant member of the bavarian choir-academy and founded a choir himself in 2017 for refugee-orphans, called "Stimm-ungs-macher".

Līva Dumpe

comes from musicians family and started singing, playing piano and listening to music "as soon as she got out of her comfort zone- her mom`s belly". The winner in competitions ,,Swinging Saxonia", Germany, ,,International Big Band Competition” Hoofddorp, Netherlands and ,,Riga Jazz Stage". Apart from jazz music projects, Līva has participated as a singer, composer and arranger in music projects of different genres. From September 2016 a student of Conservatorium van Amsterdam. So far she`s made some collaborations with local musicians and played her own music in the local jazz clubs.

Marta Kloučková

is a multi-genre singer and songwriter with current focus on jazz. She lives in Prague, Czech Republic. A leader of her Marta Kloučková Jazz Project and a member of progressive vocal sextet Skety. A laureate of Aarhus Vocal Competition, Denmark, Tampere Vocal Competition. Marta performs with progressive Prague based big band called Concept Art Orchestra, that focuses on original compositions of young Czech composers. Marta is an educated manager of arts as well as an economist. Since 2010 she has been a singing teacher at International School of Music and Fine Arts in Prague.

Таня Балакирская

a Ukrainian singer-songwriter, living in Russia. In her early career years Tanya became known in Russia not as a musician, but as a music journalist - she worked for the Russia’s only jazz printed magazine (Jazz.Ru). Her voice expressive has the ability to create an atmosphere. She draws influence from jazz, pop and folk music. The mystery in her melodies and the rhythmic variations that she uses reveals her Ukrainian/Russian roots although, as the artist claims, they come from a different place

Sasha Strunin

Born to Opera soloist parents, Sasha began her vocal training at age 3. She evolved from from opera to pop-jazz-swing ending up a finalist in the International Eurovision Contest in 2007. After a brief break from studies she graduated from the Academy of Visual Art and Photography in Poznan. She returned to her jazz-swing-blues roots to direct the craft of her talents to this genre.


Previous winners:2016 Martyna Kwolek - Poland

2015 Francesca Palamidessi - Italy

2013 Nina Rotner - Sloenia

2012 Lois Le Van - France

2011 Tamara Lukashieva - Ukraine (2nd prize, no grand prix)

2010 Eva Buchmann

2009 Liz Tobias - Australia

2008 Sofia Ribero - Portugal