Sofia Ribeiro, Portugal
A Portuguese jazz vocalist brought up in the fado tradition. A graduate of the music conservatory in Porto and a scholarship holder of the prestigious Berkley School of Music in Boston. A winner of competitions for jazz vocalists, active in stage and pedagogic work. A talented improviser who does not spare energy constantly invested in operating through charms of a southerner's smile.
Elchin Shirinov, Azerbaijan
A pianist. One of the leading musicians of the Azerbaijani jazz scene. He comes from a family with folk music traditions. Leader of his own trio with whom he performs on the European jazz scene. A true source of positive energy drawn from simplicity of being in which he was brought up. Fruitarian. Yoga instructor.
Krzysztof Gradziuk, Poland
A drummer and a jazz teacher comprehensively educated, experienced and titled. A graduate of the Jazz Institute of Academy of Music in Katowice. A scholarship holder of the Hohschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig. A member of the RGG trio, one of the leading jazz bands in Poland. A permanent associate of top Polish jazz musicians, including Tomasz Stańko, in his new quartet. An esthet of percussive sound, a colorist and melody lover. The artistic truth he speaks is fed by his innate skepticism and the reluctance with which he approches any prospect of compromise.
Jan Sudzina, Slovakia
Producer running a Slovak label HEVHETIA. One the most significant cultural activists in Slovakia. In 2013 he presided over the commitee organizing a gigantic enterprise -Kosice European Capital of Culture delivering more than 500 events within the twelve months. His label-HEVHETIA, founder of this year's Grand Prix, managed to put into its catalogue over a hundred titels since year 2004. A peacful man in love with music. Joker.
.Zsolt Hernádi, Hungary
the operative manager of Opus Jazz Club in the Budapest Music Center (BMC), is responsible for organizational and technical issues of the concerts taking place in the club 5 times a week, from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Zsolt is also member of the club's program committee, led by Tamás Bognár. Due to the fact that he is active in his position since the opening of the club in March 2013, he has a thorough view of the present European jazz scene as well as a personal contact with hundreds of local and foreign musicians.
Gao Ping, China
Composer-pianist, born in Sichuan province, known for evocative textures and piano vocalization. Growing up as a young pianist at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, Gao Ping was affected by China’s concurrent transformation from a collective to a market economy. This transitional phase between old and new and the productive cultural clash between East and West left traces that would later be evident in his music. Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. As a pianist, Gao Ping’s repertoire is extensive; he has performed to acclaim all over the world. In 2008, Gao Ping premiered his Piano Concerto with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mr. Kenneth Young In Europe, his music has been commissioned or performed by groups including the Berlin Piano-Percussion Ensemble the Zurich-based Ensemble Pyramide, and the Gaudeamus International Music Week in Amsterdam. Since 2012, Dr. Gao is a professor in composition at the Conservatory of Music--Capital Normal University as well as a guest-professor at the China Conservatory of Music in Beijing. He previously taught at the Canterbury University in Christchurch New Zealand. A hell of a colorful personality!!!