Kornél Fekete-Kovács – jury chairperson
Composer, trumpet player, the artistic director of Modern Art Orchestra
As a widely renowned composer in the contemporary jazz scene both in Hungary and abroad, his primary focus, not just as a musician, but also as a producer and performer, has been the permeability of the genre. Since 1998, he has participated in a range of ensembles, including big bands and symphonic orchestras. In addition to founding and serving as the artistic director of the Modern Art Orchestra since 2005, he has been actively involved in and producing many musical endeavours, and is one of the most in-demand soloists in Hungary.
Clarinetist and saxophonist, associate professor at the Liszt Academy
The Kossuth, Liszt and eMeRTon prize-winning clarinettist and saxophonist is one of Hungary's most versatile woodwind multi-instrumentalist musicians. He has performed on countless different records, taken to the stage alongside prominent domestic and foreign representatives of a range of musical genres ,and played concerts not only in Hungary but all over Europe, in the US, Mexico and Australia. In addition to his work at the Liszt Academy Jazz Department, Mihály has also held courses at numerous high-ranking universities and conservatories.
singer, composer, songwriter, teacher
While being a constant presence in the Hungarian and global jazz music scene as an artist of many colours, she is teaching the next generation of musicians at Bartók Béla Secondary School Of Music and serving as a board member in the Hungarian Jazz Association. Besides her own compositions, she is keen to select folk songs and songs by composers such as Béla Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, George Gershwin, or Stephen Sondheim while incorporating her own style into the narratives. She has been teaching international master classes on her original singing method based on Bartók’s Microcosmos, for which the Hungarian Academy of Arts has awarded her a fellowship.
music journalist, founder and director of STOCKWERKJAZZ, Graz, artistic director of the International Jazz Festival Leibnitz
He has been a music journalist since 1985, contributing to the most prestigious German and Austrian publications, including the second-largest newspaper in Austria, Kleine Zeitung, with a daily readership of 848 000, and he also hosts a weekly jazz radio programme in Graz. In addition to founding the renowned jazz club Stockwerkjazz in 1994 and serving as the artistic director of the International Jazz Festival Leibnitz since 2013, he has been involved in numerous jazz-related organisation throughout Austria and Germany.
manager and artistic director of ZWE Jazz Club, Vienna
Running ZWE, one of Vienna’s most established Jazz clubs, enjoying a life that features a concert every night. One of the key aspects is developing and supporting young artists in their early professional period and providing a space for them to perform with established cats of high calibre, as well as connecting the European Jazz scene(s) in order to grow together.
guitar player, composer, associate professor at the Liszt Academy
The Franz Liszt Prize-winning jazz guitarist and composer is a pre-eminent representative of modern Hungarian jazz and a highly accomplished musician. After graduating from the Jazz Department of the Béla Bartók Conservatory, he began playing in several leading Hungarian jazz ensembles, and has performed alongside some of the greatest legends of American jazz over the course of his career. He has been teaching at the Jazz Department of the Liszt Academy since 1987, and is currently an associate professor, as well as the leader of the university's big band. Throughout the 15 years of the Jazz Showcase, the L.F.Z.E. Senior Big Band he leads has given large-scale gala concerts with international guests such as Miroslav Vitous and Patti Austin.
musician, proprietor and managing director of 606 Club, London
Steve Rubie has managed the legendary 606 Club, located in the Chelsea district of London, since 1976. One of the UK’s leading Jazz Clubs, the 606 Club provides the most talented musicians – including many Hungarian artists – with the opportunity to perform every day of the week. In 2006, it was chosen as Jazz Venue of the Year. In 2019 Rubie was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Services to Music by the UK Worshipful Company of Musicians. He has already judged the competitors of the Jazz Showcase on several occasions, most recently in 2022.