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2019 winner: Focusyear Band 19

Focusyear Band 19 - Jazzcampus der Hochschule für Musik FHNW, Basel
Alexandra Hamburger, voice, flute
Song-Yi Jeon, voice
Santi de la Rubia, tenor sax
Vinicius Gomes, guitar
Marc Mezgolits, bass guitar
Chase Kuesel, drums
Iago Fernández, drums

First runner-up: Liquid Identities (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Incentive prize: SMANDEM (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Best European Real Book Arrangement: Anthony Pearlman (Anthony Pearlman Quartet, The School of Jazz at the New School, New York)
Best CvA Soloist: Adrien Losco (Adrien Losco Quartet)
Best Non-CvA Soloist: Jacob Patrone (Anthony Pearlman Quartet, The School of Jazz at the New School, New York)

2018 winner: Thibault Gomez Quintet

Thibault Gomez Quintet, Conservatoire de Paris
Benoit Joblot, drums
Etienne Renard, double bass
Pierre-Marie Lapprand, saxophones
Robinson Khoury, trombone
Thibault Gomez, piano

First runner-up: Tommaso Perazzo Trio (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Best Strayhorn Arrangement: Thibault Gomez Quintet
Best CvA Soloist: Tommaso Perazzo (Tommaso Perazzo Trio)
Best Non-CvA Soloist: Immanuel Wilkins (the Jelly Roll Morton Ensemble)
Incentive Prize: The Jelly Roll Morton Ensemble (The Juilliard School, New York)

2017 winner: The New School Improvisation Ensemble

The New School Improvisation Ensemble (New School, New York)

First runner-up: Casares Brothers Trio (Conservatorium van Amsterdam).
Best CvA Soloist: Kimon Karoutzos (Casares Brothers Trio)
Best Non-CvA Soloist Joel Ross (The New School Improvisation Ensemble).
Best Coltrane Arrangement: Teis Semey Group (Conservatorium van Amsterdam)
Incentive Prize: Hardvoesh Thoralfson Trio (Jazz-Institut Berlin)

2016 winner: Global Jazz Ambassadors

Global Jazz Ambassadors, Berklee College of Music, Boston
Noam Israeli, drums
Mao Sone, trumpet
Edmar Colón Gierbolini, saxophone
Isaac Wilson, piano
Seungho Jang, bass

First runner-up: Jazz Arts Quintet, Manhattan School of Music, New York
Best Hancock arrangement: Daro Trapani, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Incentive prize: Vuma Levin Quintet, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Best CvA soloist: Nick Thessalonikefs 
Best non-CvA soloist:Adrian Moring, MSM Jazz Arts Quintet

2015 winner: Xavi Torres Vicente Trio

Xavi Torres Vicente Trio, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Xavi Torres, piano
Matt Adomeit, bass
Joan Terol, drums

First runner-up: Tamara Lukasheva Quartett, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln
Best Shorter arrangement Shai Golan Group, California State University
Incentive prize: Liya Grigoryan Trio, Conservatorium van Amsterdam
Best CvA soloist: Virxilio da Silva
Best non-cva soloist Shai Golan, California State University

2014 winner: MSM Jazz Arts Quintet

Manhattan School of Music Jazz Arts Quintet
Patrick Bartley, alto axophone
Antonio Madruga, piano
Adam O’Farrill, trumpet
Martin Kennedy, double bass
Curtis Nowosad, drums

First runner-up was Trempera!, from the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In Rhythmic Colour (also CvA) won the Incentive Prize; this band will perform at the Amsterdam Jazz Festival in June. The award for best Monk arrangement was also won by Trempera! Trumpetist Adam O'Farrill of the Manhattan School of Music New York won the award for Best Soloist.

2013 winner: Maarten Hogenhuis Trio

Maarten Hogenhuis Trio, formed by CvA students Maarten Hogenhuis, alto saxophone; Joan Terol Amigó, drums, and Thomas Rolff, double bass. Maarten Hogenhuis also won the prize for Best Soloist, participation in the CvA Summer Jazz Workshop June 2013. Runner-up was Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble from Juilliard School of Music New York, they won € 1250,-. They also won the prize for Best Arrangement of an Ellington Song, € 1.000,-.

2012 winner: North by North East

North by North East, formed by CvA students Toms Rudzinskis, alto sax, Matiss Cudars, guitar, Joel Illerhag, double bass, Kaspars Kurdeko, drums. First runner up was MSM Jazz Quartet from the Manhattan School of Music, New York.

Drummer Jake Goldbas (MSM Jazz Quartet New York) won the ‘Best American Musician’ prize: participation in the Summer Jazz Workshop at the CvA, July CvA 2012.

Pianist Liya Grigorian (Soso Lakatos Quartet (CvA) won the ‘Best Amsterdam Musician’ prize: participation in the Hudson Jazz Workshop in New York, August 2012.

The ‘Best Composition’ prize of € 500,- was awarded to Sandor Lakatos (Soso Lakatos Quartet, CvA).

2011 winner: Daniel Mester Quartet

Daniel Mester Quartet won the Amsterdam Band Final. Caspar van Wijk of the Van Wijk / Derudder Quartet was awarded with 'Best Composition'. Drummer Tony Vitacollona from the same band, was 'Best Musician'.French guitarist Wilfried Wilde was awarded 'Best Soloist'.

2010 winner: Actuum

Actuum - Conservatoire de Paris
Benjamin Dousteyssier, saxophone
Ronan Courty, bass
Louis Laurain, trumpet
Julien Loutelier, drums

2009 winner: Weizz

Weizz
Etay Waisman
Charly Roussel
Eddie Jensen

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