On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, Jazz Heritage Australia has announced that the Australian Institute of Recorded Music has selected a pair of female jazz pianisers for inclusion in its 2018 jazz pianophones competition.
In addition to the winners of the jazz pianobes, the winner of the Female Jazz Piano category will be featured in the 2018 Australian Jazz Masters’ Competition, held annually at Melbourne’s Imperial Theatre.
The winner will also be presented with a jazz trophy at the 2018 Royal Festival Hall, Australia’s largest music festival.
The competition was launched in 2002 and it currently sees more than 100 jazz pianonists from across the country compete for the chance to represent Australia at the Royal Festival of the Arts.
“We are honoured to have these two women on our team, who have such a special contribution to the field,” said Paul MacGregor, the chair of the Australian Jazz Institute.
“They have both played important roles in the evolution of jazz music over the last 50 years.
We are excited to see their achievements in music and culture as we celebrate 50 years of the Royal Australian Academy of Music.””
It is a great honour to represent Australian music at the top of our list for 2018.
We look forward to a lifetime of working together,” said the winner, Julia Beech, who will be performing at the National Jazz Festival in Adelaide.
The first winner will be crowned at the 2019 Royal Festival hall, with the second at the 20th Annual Royal Jazz Festival, held in Melbourne’s east end in November 2019. “
The jazz scene is very diverse, and I hope that I can contribute to that diversity by performing with these amazing young women.”
The first winner will be crowned at the 2019 Royal Festival hall, with the second at the 20th Annual Royal Jazz Festival, held in Melbourne’s east end in November 2019.
The three-time winner will then compete in the 2019 Jazz Masters competition.
The 2018 competition featured the Australian pianist Julie Dyer, who was also nominated for the 2019 International Jazz Masters Competition, which has been held in New York, Paris, Amsterdam and London.
Julie Dyer is one of the world’s leading female jazz performers, with her repertoire spanning jazz and classical.
Her most recent solo release, Jazz in My Heart, was released in October 2018 and has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
“I am really honoured to be nominated for this prestigious international competition,” she said.
Last year, she won the prestigious International Jazz Critics’ Choice Award, which is voted on by the Jazz Writers Association of America and the International Jazz Federation.
“The Royal Festival is a fantastic opportunity for young women to play alongside and learn from some of the best jazz musicians and composers of their generation,” said RFA Director of Competition, Jennifer Harker.
Her performance of “In Your Soul” at the Australian Pavilion Jazz Orchestra in March 2019, was one of three Jazz Masters entries that won the 2018 Jazz Masters category.
“The jazz industry has grown exponentially over the past 50 years, and with this award, we are proud to recognise the continuing contributions of the female jazz community in this industry,” she added.
“As a music educator, I am excited to have a female jazz student playing with the best in the business.”
The 2019 competition will be held at the Sydney Opera House in November and will feature two female jazz artists from Victoria, one from Tasmania and one from New South Wales.
A total of four women will compete in 2019.
Tickets for the 2018 competition go on sale to the public at 10am on Monday 2 October, and can be booked online at www.jazzfestival.com.au/festival/2018/tickets.