23 January 2019

LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award” Europe Edition:

LetterOne and Air Artist Agency are proud to announce the winner:




ADRIEN BRANDEIS is a French jazz pianist and composer born in Annecy in 1992. After having

studied at the Conservatory of Nice and the Conservatoire de Paris with Robert Persi and Manuel

Rocheman, he produced and released his first album ‘Euforia’ in 2018. Influenced by Michel Camilo,

Bill Evans and Chick Corea, the young, award winning and highly versatile pianist is steeped in Jazz,

Latin and Afro-Caribbean music and strives to combine traditional jazz with modern influences. On

‘Euforia’, Adrien displays great lyricism in his playing, combined with an urban pianistic approach.


The jury – consisting of radio host Alex Dutilh (France Musique: Open Jazz), Norwegian journalist

Karen Frivik (NRK), Wulf Müller from ‘OKeh Records’ , England’s Jazz superstar Jamie Cullum and

chaired by Mikhail Fridman – awarded Adrien with the “LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award”

Europe Edition 2018. The jury said: “Yet again the “LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award” produced

a list of 25 highly skilled and talented musicians who made it to the final round. Finding the winner

was not an easy task but Adrien Brandeis convinced us with his outstanding musicianship and

innovative approach. We are certain that we will hear a lot about him in the future.”


As winner of the “LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award” Adrien will embark on a tour along 7

major jazz festivals in Europe: Love Supreme (GB), Leopolis Jazz Fest (UA), Kongsberg Jazzfestival

(NO), Nice Jazzfestival (FR), Umbria Jazz (I), Jazzopen Stuttgart (D) and Heineken Jazzaldia San

Sebastian (E) In addition, he will receive a full year of PR and marketing support through Air Artist



From 1st of August until 27th of October 2018, Jazz artists could enter their submissions via a

dedicated website (www.l1risingstarsjazzaward.com) to be considered for the “LetterOne ‘RISING

STARS’ Jazz Award” Europe Edition 2018. Over 230 artists submitted their entries! A first round of

voting was done by the participating seven festivals, which found the 25 best contenders. The final

vote was done by a professional jury.


Producing the Award is the award-winning Air Artist Agency, whose director Burkhard Hopper has a

long-standing experience in introducing new artists. For 9 years Burkhard Hopper ran the Rising

Stars concert series in Europe which – among others – introduced artists such as Diana Krall, Brad

Mehldau, Benny Green, Jane Monheit, David Sanchez and Esbjörn Svensson to the European



The “LetterOne ‘RISING STARS’ Jazz Award” is a significant event in the international jazz calendar

that benefits from the sponsorship and backing of Mikhail Fridman, an international businessman,

philanthropist and most importantly a huge jazz fan. Besides being a frequent visitor of Jazz festivals

around the world, Fridman is also the founder of the Leopolis Jazz Festival (formerly known as Alfa

Jazz) in Lviv (UA).


For press inquiries and bookings please contact:


Air Artist Agency

Dennis Meentz


+44 (0) 207 386 1610


Ben Buckley


+44 (0) 207 386 1611

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