“GNESIN-JAZZ-VOICE-2020” Festival of Anatoly Kroll was held in Moscow with the support of Russian Musical Union

On March 11–13, 2020, the IV International Vocal Jazz Festival-Competition for Young Performers “GNESIN-JAZZ-VOICE-2020” was held in Moscow. The festival is hosted by Gnesins Russian Academy of Music with the support of Russian Musical Union (RMU) and under the auspices of the Russian Federation Commission for UNESCO.

The author, art director, and producer of the event is Anatoly Kroll, the Head of the Orchestra Class of the Instrumental Jazz Performance Department of Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, Honored Artist of Russia.

The main goals of the GNESIN-JAZZ-VOICE festival are popularization and promotion of jazz art, introducing young people to professional work in vocal jazz music, creating environment for professional communication and creative partnerships in joint jazz projects.

The competition was attended by choirs, vocal ensembles and soloists. The application could be submitted from February 3 to 23, 2020. The competition was held in the following categories: The Best Choir, The Best Vocal Ensemble; The Best Vocalist; The Best Original Composition; The Best Jazz Standard Arrangement; The Best Jazz Folklore Arrangement.

The performances of the contestants were evaluated by a jury chaired by the author of the project, Anatoly Kroll, which included jazz singer Anna Buturlina; jazz vocalist and teacher Vladimir Sidorkovich; singer, soloist of the jazz orchestra of Gnesin Russian Academy of Music “Academic Band” Olga Sinyaeva; jazz columnist, publisher and editor-in-chief of the journal and the Internet portal “Jazz.ru” Kirill Moshkov; teacher, editor-in-chief of the international festival-contests of young performers “GNESIN-JAZZ” and “GNESIN- JAZZ-VOICE” Vladimir Fedorov.

Fedor Redkin (Children’s Music School named after Lyadov, Moscow) and the vocal quintet “QUEENtet” (leader Polina Nikolaeva, Moscow State Academic Theater named after Maimonides, Moscow) were awarded with The Grand Prix of the Competition.