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I may be helping to bring harmony between people through my music.
Nat King Cole

2022 applications
are open

The story of a successful Jazz Competition

I am proud to say that after 15 years from its debut, Bucharest International Jazz Competition is ranked as the second jazz contest in Europe and the third in the world. The Competition contributes significantly to building a positive image of Romania in the world, allowing the inclusion of our country on the international map of major jazz events.
Dedicated to professional musicians, the event

successfully debuted in 2007, registering an unexpected participation for the first edition – 30 bands from 25 countries.
The trend was maintained, the popularity of the event increasing significantly, rightfully earning the title as the most visible and strong competition in the region. On her visit in Romania, Natalie Cole was delighted to find an event of this kind and welcomed the movement dedicated to the new jazz generation.
The 15th Edition will start on the 17th of July gathering 20 bands from 4 continents. Bucharest becomes the world capital of jazz.

Natalie Cole & Luigi Gageos, competition's director

Under the slogan "100% jazz and more" the public is invited to enjoy global trends, "creme de la creme" of major jazz centres worldwide, well defined concepts, daring ideas, in unique developments. The competitors' portfolio includes participation in prestigious international events as the Montreux Jazz Festival, Thelonious Monk Festival, Red Sea Jazz Festival and Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival USA.
I am convinced that the jazz projects this year will keep the halls full as it was every time. We invite both genre lovers, and those uninitiated in the mysteries of jazz to enjoy evenings full of creativity and freedom of expression, an explosion of colour and energy.

A whole week dedicated to jazz...concerts, jam sessions and workshops, at the end of which the best artists of the new generation of jazz will be known.
Bucharest International Jazz Competition takes place within the International Festival EUROPAfest, with a tradition of 28 years, developed under the High Patronage of Her Majesty Margareta and His Royal Highness Prince Radu since 2005, which gained the EFFE award - Europe's finest festivals.

Luigi Gageos
Director of EUROPAfest

The jury of Bucharest International Jazz Competition 2021 is international and it includes artists and teachers, recognized experts in the field, with experience in identifying new talents in the world of jazz.

Jeff Jarvis - USA

Jeff Jarvis is a multi-faceted music industry professional who maintains an ambitious international itinerary as an S.E. Shires trumpet artist, guest conductor and clinician.  Jarvis has been awarded several Global Music Awards and in 2019 they honored him for “Lifetime Contributions to Jazz and Jazz Education”. His solo recordings as a jazz trumpeter have received frequent airplay.  Published by Belwin Jazz, UNC Jazz Press, and Kendor Music, Jarvis frequently composes for school, military, professional big bands and pops orchestras.  He has over 175 big band works published and has co-authored The Jazz Educators Handbook with Doug Beach, a jazz piano book with Matt Harris entitled The Chord Voicing Handbook, and with Mike Carubia, Effective Etudes For Jazz, Volumes 1 & 2, plus numerous solo, duet and ensemble works.  Jeff’s career as a studio trumpeter encompasses over 100 recordings for such names as Lou Rawls, Michael Jackson, Archie Bell & the Drells, and The O’Jays, followed by several recordings as a leader. Live performance credits include Dizzy Gillespie, Louie Bellson, Joe Williams, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Slide Hampton, Grady Tate, Rob McConnell, and Doc Severinsen. 


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General Rules 2022

The 16th Bucharest International Jazz Competition, 1 - 9 July 2022, is open to bands and vocalists of all nationalities.
Applicants must be born after the 1st of July, 1977.

Competition Procedure


Bands may have up to 6 performing musicians and they may include:

  •     instrumentalists and vocalists
  •     instrumentalists
  •     vocalists

1st Round - Selection of semi-finalists

The admissions panel and adjudicators will evaluate each application. Recordings must have been made within the past 12 months. The application must include 2-3 pieces of different styles.

2nd Round - Semi-final on 1 - 7 July

  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 - 60 minutes in the competition’s concert hall
  •     Semi-finalists will perform 50 - 60 minutes in an unconventional space
  •     Semi-finalists will perform 60 - 80 minutes in jam sessions

Competitors have complete freedom in choosing their repertoire.

3rd Round - Final and Gala on 8 - 9 July

  •     Finalists will perform 30 - 40 minutes in the competition’s concert hall
  •     Finalists will perform 30 - 40 minutes in an unconventional space

Competition Entry Requirements

Registration in the competition will be made based on digital documents:
1. application form - Annex A, Annex B, Annex C

2. audio recordings for the competition

3. two different group photos, color, landscape format, min 1MB

4. copy of the bank confirmation for the payment of the registration fee

5. short presentation of the group - max. 10 lines, word format

6. copy of passport | identity card for EU citizens, for each group's member

7. technical rider

All digital documents will be sent using as follows:

- make a folder and name it as your band
- copy all digital documents ( pdf or word ) in the folder
- archive / compress the folder ( zip, rar etc )
- send the folder by to email
- please mention: “Application for jazz competition – band’s name”.

The registration fee for one application / group is 140 Euro and will be paid by bank transfer as follows:

Amount: 140 Euro. The payment will be sent free of charge to the payee.
Recipient: jmEvents
IBAN Account:  RO82 BACX 0000 0004 3583 4003
Bank name: Unicredit Bank - Millenium Branch
Address: Calea Victoriei 88, Bucharest
Swift Code: BACXROBU
Subject: Registration fee BIJC for…………..( band’s name )
Drafts ( bank cheques ) are not accepted.


The registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee will be refunded only to those competitors who have complete application documents and are not accepted in the Semi-final based on the recordings.



Registration deadline is March 1, 2022 (23:59). Confirmation of the applicants' registration in the competition will be made before March 30, 2022.

The participants will have a professional technician and sound system along with backline of drum kit, acoustic or digital piano, bass amplifier, guitar amplifier and microphones.

For Finalists ( 4-6 bands ) the organisers will provide free accommodation, organised through the system of the competition, for the entire period of the Final. This offer is available only for those bands that have already used the accommodation system of the competition, being accommodated until the Final in the same hotels.

For Semifinalists the organisers make available an accommodation offer with special prices. If you are interested please make a request to .

The total amount of the prizes is 7.000 Euro: cash, in Romanian currency and concerts engagements.

  •     Grand Prize Winner              1.200 Eur
  •     Special Prize - Best Band       400 Eur
  •     Special Prize - Best Vocalist   400 Eur
  •     3 – 5 concerts engagements for one or two finalist bands

The prize-winners will have priority in being included in the programs organized by jmEvents both nationally and abroad.

Final performers will receive diplomas, upon request. Prizes will be awarded by a Jury whose members are well known personalities of the jazz musical world. The Jury will use the standard criteria as:

  •     style / interpretation
  •     improvisation
  •     technique / diction / articulation
  •     musicality
  •     time and rhythm
  •     intonation

All the decisions of the Jury are final and non-appealable. The public preference will be considered for the final decision.

Each award-winner must receive his or her prize personally the next day after the Gala Concert. Any claim for the prizes after this date is not accepted.

The concerts could be broadcast by the Broadcasting Corporation or recorded for later transmission. A live or deferred broadcast by other Romanian or foreign Broadcasting Corporations is possible, as well as a complete or partial re-broadcast of the concerts on mass-media or online channels.

By applying to take part in the competition, the applicants give their implied consent for this recording as well as for its transmission under the conditions mentioned above. The participants and the prize-winners have no claim to additional fees.

During the development of Bucharest International Jazz Competition, the participating bands and musicians are not allowed to perform in any other spaces except for those of this competition.
The infringement of rules has as consequence the exclusion from the competition, which is irrevocable, and/or taking pecuniary measures. 

For further information, please don’t hesitate to contact us at !



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Performance was our main goal since the beginning.

We had thought everything we did as if we would have been on any of the great stages of the world. Even if it was hard, in a society in a continuous change, it was the only thing that we could have done. The results did not let themselves to be expected.

Today, Bucharest International Jazz Competition is a renowned brand in over 50 countries, and the best proof is the presence year after year, of musicians from all around the world, as well as the recognition of the Romanian values at a global level.

  • Luigi Gageos


  • Petru Stoianov


  • Margareta Paslaru


  • Bogdana Horatiu

    event coordinator & management

  • George Man

    executive director classical competition

  • Delia Pufu

    organising committee

  • Emanuela Ivan

    organizing committee

  • Loredana Helgiu

    web development

  • Bogdan Voiculescu

    graphic designer

  • Volunteers Team


Music, of course, is what I hear and something that I more or less live by. It's not an occupation or profession, it's a compulsion.
Duke Ellington

20 bands with musicians from 20 countries: Argentina, Aruba Caribbean Island, Azerbaijan, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Ukraine and the United States of America have been accepted in the Semi-final of the 2021 Bucharest International Jazz Competition.

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We all do 'do, re, mi', but you have to find the other notes yourself.
Louis Armstrong


Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.
Ornette Coleman






























Life is not about finding our limitations, it's about finding our infinity.
Herbie Hancock

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I sing like I feel.
Ella Fitzgerald

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