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IMPORTANT: The winners will be invited to Festival da Jazz in the week from 21 to 25 July 2021. These dates have to be kept free! The jury’s decision will be announced on May 17. There will be no correspondence regarding the decision, the legal process is excluded.

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And that’s how it works: Interested bands and solo acts can apply for the #JazzLab via online form. Entry deadline is May 9 2021. A jury of national and international experts will select two winning acts from all submissions.

Time is up

Jazz students and/or jazz school graduates

Musicians or bands who are at the beginning of their careers are no older than 30 on average

National and international musicians or bands from the wide genre of jazz

General Application Terms

The competition for the New Generation#JazzLab is aimed at:

Whoever is invited to the Festival da Jazz is a winner already. The days in St. Moritz will put the focus on enjoying music. Every winning act will be supported by renowned mentors. In rehearsal venues of the festival, the young talents can work, practice and arrange their music intensively for three days. The perfect finale will be a concert at one of the marvelous festival locations.


And because the music business is indeed a business, the bands will also get support in this field on their way to a professional career. Every festival is a kind of organic network where curious and open-minded musicians can benefit. What is important for festivals when booking an act? When does it pay to be persistent and when can it be counterproductive? How should an artist or band present themselves online and offline? From sound technician, to band managers, festival organizers to external managers from the music business – there is a lot of knowledge gathered that can be tapped into.

Free entrance to festival concerts


with international agencies and managers


and prize money of CHF 5,000.–


Professional recording of the concert


at an exclusive location of the festival


incl. board and lodge with experienced and renowned mentors and hosts at the Festival da Jazz

3-day masterclass

Two selected bands or solo acts will be invited to the Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz in summer 2021 and can benefit from an attractive sponsorship and support package:

The prize

For many young artists, entering the music business is riddled with obstacles. Besides talent and luck, it needs an enormous amount of energy, perseverance, persistence, and time, to get the proverbial foot in the door. The #JazzLab wants to make this step a bit easier for motivated young talents.

The idea

Together with its main sponsor, the Festival da Jazz is launching the “New Generation #JazzLab” – a music competition between masterclass and sponsorship award for young jazz musicians, who are on the verge of a professional career.

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Iiro Rantala

The exceptional Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala knows no stylistic boundaries. He finds delightful and new things in every musical corner. His cross-genre virtuosity and his rich history with the Festival da Jazz make him the perfect mentor for ambitious talents. They can look forward to a humorous masterclass, as he promises in his Instagram video message.

Omar Sosa

The Cuban virtuoso Omar Sosa found his way to music via percussion and is now a Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer. He performs solo, in a trio, in a big band and with symphony orchestras. Setting off from his roots in Latin jazz, Sosa has always broadened his horizons and told us that he is looking forward to sharing his spirit with the next generation.

Dave Grusin & Lee Ritenour

The two jazz icons and long time Festival-da-Jazz-friends were so impressed by the idea of ​​the New Generation #JazzLab that they almost begged us to act as additional mentors. It seems like they are underemployed with only two concerts at the festival. “Of course” we say and — together with our winners — look forward to Lee and Dave’s gigantic knowledge.

DOMi & JD Beck

Just over 20 years old and already a mentor? Anyone who follows DOMi & JD Beck will quickly notice: Something extraordinary is coming towards us here. In addition, the New Generation #JazzLab should work as multi-layered as possible. The American drummer and the French keyboardist play their instruments as well as their social media channels — with the greatest professionalism and creativity.


At the centre of the New Generation #JazzLab is the collaboration of the winning acts with various jazz greats. These “mentors” are renowned professionals who support the young talents in many ways. The Festival da Jazz deliberately chooses artists who distinguish themselves by their multifaceted work and curiosity:

Rolf Sachs // Artist & Host Festival da Jazz

Melina Maret-Roshard // Team New Generation #JazzLab

Peewee Windmüller // Editor-in-chief JAZZ’N’MORE

Lee Ritenour // Jazz Guitarist, Composer and Producer

Katharina P. Langstrumpf // Concert Agent & Music Manager

Christian Jott Jenny // Singer & Founder Festival da Jazz

Carolina Müller-Möhl // Philanthrope & Investor


The jury brings together different exponents from the world of jazz, and the music and promotion business. The Festival da Jazz makes a point of ensuring that the members are put together from a broad spectrum, featuring varied opinions: