The Swedish singer Alexander Lövmark wins the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition. Franco-American singer, Cécile McLorin Salvant, presided over the jury, which also counted in its number: Swiss composer, Jérôme Berney; Swiss-Albanian singer, Elina Duni; Le Temps journalist, Stéphane Gobbo; and Radio Fribourg director, Thierry Savary.
The three finalists delivered sensational performances, dazzling their already giddy audience who attended the competition in droves.
1st Prize: Alexander Lövmark
Vocalist and composer, Alexander Lövmark studied at the Academy of Music and Arts, specialising in improvisation. A trained bass player, the Swedish musician based in Gothenburg, discovered a passion for singing at the age of 20. He recently recorded his first album, Perfect Storm, scheduled for release in autumn of this year. The album also features his collaboration with Chilean saxophonist, Melissa Aldana.
2nd and 3rd place were respectively accorded to the German Sara Decker, and the South African Talie Monin.
All three laureates will participate in the 4th Montreux Jazz Academy that will take place from 23rd February to 3rd March 2018.