Montreux Jazz Solo Piano Competition Won by 20-Year-Old Pole

Piotr Orzechowski is the youngest winner in the contest’s history

Piotr Orzechowski, a 20-year student from the Krakow Academy of Music, has been awarded first prize in the 13th Parmigiani Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition. The contest took place during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival. Orzechowski is the first Pole to win the competition.

The Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Competition is open only to pianists under 30. Orzechowski is the youngest winner in the contest’s history. He was chosen from among 42 pianists from 21 different countries. A jury selected 10 pianists to play at the semifinal in Montreux, which was then narrowed down to four semi-finalists.


Piotr Orzechowski


1st Prize: Piotr Orzechowski (Poland)
2nd Prize: Jeremy Siskind (USA)
3rd Prize: Jerry Léonide (Rep. of Mauritius)
Public Prize: Emil Mammadov (Azerbaijan)


  • Jul 30, 2011 at 10:41PM Slawomir Kochanek

    I'm Pole too so, understandably, I'm glad to read this great news. Congratulations Piotr !!!
    What is surprising to me is that there is only one traditionally jazzy country (USA) represented in the top four. Poland produced quite a few great jazz pianist and composers (K.Komeda, A.Makowicz, M.Wasilewski) but seeing Rep. of Mauritius and Azerbaijan in the top four is incredible. Good for them, good for the jazz. It's good to see that there are no barriers for this great genre of music. Wow, I'm speechless !!!

  • Jul 31, 2011 at 12:36PM Jeff_Tamarkin

    I agree! I was surprised and very happy to see those other countries represented. It makes me feel very positive about the future of jazz worldwide!

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