In a packed Bimhuis (Amsterdam, Netherlands) the all Conservatorium of Amsterdam students Xavi Torres Vicente Trio yesterday night won the 2015 Keep an Eye Interational Jazz Award. Runner-up where Tamara Lukasheva Quartet (Cologne).
The jury, Jules Buckley (composer, director, co-founder of the Heritage Orchestra), Gerry Godley (a.o. director of the Leeds College of Music), Tineke Postma (saxophone player), Gijsbert Kamer (journalist of Dutch Volkskrant newspaper), Ruben Hein (vocalist, pianist), Raul Midón (vocalist, guitarist) and Ruud van Dijk (chairman without vote and head of the jazz department of the Conservatorium of Amsterdam) awarded the Xavi Torres Vicente Trio the first prize of €2500,-. The Xavi Torres Trio are Xavi Torres, piano; Matt Adomeit, double bass and Joan Terol, drums. Runner-up were the Tamara Lukasheva Quartet (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne), who won €1500,-.
The incentive prize of €750,- was awarded to the Liya Grigoryan Trio (Conservatorium of Amsterdam). The €500,- prize for best Wayne Shorter- arrangement was won by Shai Golan Group (California State University, Northridge). Virxilio da Silva received the award for best Conservatorium of Amsterdam-soloist: participation in the Hudson Jazz Workshop, New York 2015. Shai Golan (California State University, Northridge) received the award for best non Conservatorium of Amsterdam-soloist: participation in the Summer Jazz Workshop 2015 at the Conservatorium of Amsterdam.
The Keep an Eye International Jazz Award is a contest for excellent jazz musicians. In the 2015 edition students of the California State University, the University of North Texas, the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, the Lemmens Instituut Leuven and the Conservatorium of Amsterdam took part.