The 5th Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition came to an end on Saturday, October 23 at the Alhambra, as the audience watched a new round of challenges to rank the last five pianists still in contention.

Nikolas Anadolis and the Newdecaband © Eric de Gelis - CIVP Thirty minutes was all the time competitors had to persuade the judges' panel of eight celebrated jazz musicians selected by Martial Solal, who chaired the panel. Four challenges meant four opportunities for the young pianists to stand out. They included an improvisation for piano only, an interpretation of the pianist's choice of one of the two standards “I got rhythm” and “All the things you are,” a Newdecaband solo for piano and finally a piece composed by the contestant, backed by a rhythm section of François Moutin on contrabass and Louis Moutin on drums.

After an hour of deliberations, the judges' panel awarded the prizes to the five pianists, who ranged in age from 18 to 32. Here are the results:

Grand Prize, City of Paris : Nikolas Anadolis – Greece
2nd Prize - BNP Paribas Foundation : Vadim Neselovskyi – Ukraine/Germany
3rd Prize : Thomas Enhco – France
4th Prize : Sebastian Sternal - Germany
Young Soloist Prize : Alessandro Lanzoni – Italy

Honorable mentions were also awarded to two non-finalists for their performances during the week's competition: Dimitar Bodurov (Netherlands) and Andre Joseph Petersen (South Africa).

Besides the prize itself, winners are offered many engagements after the competition, both at famous venues such as Duc des Lombards in Paris or major festivals such as the Paris Jazz Festival.

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