Rising Stars Award 2018: Adrien Brandeis
Award-winning Adrien Brandeis is steeped in jazz, latin and afro-caribbean music
Adrien Brandeis is a French jazz pianist and composer born in Annecy. After having studied at the Conservatory of Nice and the Conservatoire de Paris with Robert Persi and Manuel Rocheman, he produced and released his first album ‘Euforia’ in 2018. Influenced by Michel Camilo, Bill Evans and Chick Corea, the young, award winning and highly versatile pianist is steeped in Jazz, Latin and Afro-Caribbean music and strives to combine traditional jazz with modern influences. On ‘Euforia’, Adrien displays great lyricism in his playing, combined with an urban pianistic approach.
As winner of the “LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award” Adrien will embark on a tour along 7 major jazz festivals in Europe: Love Supreme (GB), Leopolis Jazz Fest (UA), Kongsberg Jazzfestival (NO), Nice Jazzfestival (FR), Umbria Jazz (I), Jazzopen Stuttgart (D) and Heineken Jazzaldia San Sebastian (E)
Adrien Brandeis – piano
Joachim Poutaraud – sax
Felix Joveniaux – drums
Philippe Ciminato – percussion
Guillaume Leclerc – bass
“Letter One ‘Rising Star’ Jazz Award
This fall, jazz artists could enter their submissions to be considered for the jazz award and over 230 artists submitted their entries! A first round of voting was done by the participating seven festivals, which found the 25 best contenders. The final vote was done by a professional jury.
Radio host – Alex Dutilh (France Musique: Open Jazz)
Norwegian journalist – Karen Frivik (NRK)
Wulf Müller – OKeh Records
England’s Jazz superstar – Jamie Cullum
chaired by Mikhail Fridman
The jury said:
“Yet again the “LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award” produced a list of 25 highly skilled and talented musicians who made it to the final round. Finding the winner was not an easy task but Adrien Brandeis convinced us with his outstanding musicianship and innovative approach. We are certain that we will hear a lot about him in the future.”
Producing the Award is the award-winning Air Artist Agency, whose director Burkhard Hopper has a long-standing experience in introducing new artists. For 9 years Burkhard Hopper ran the Rising Stars concert series in Europe which – among others – introduced artists such as Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Benny Green, Jane Monheit, David Sanchez and Esbjörn Svensson to the European audiences.