POSTPONED – Didier Lockwood Prize – International Jazz Violin Competition

With the pandemic, the CMDL is forced to cancel the competition. We are hopeful to reschedule it soon. Thank you for your understanding.

A one of a kind jazz violinist and generous pedagogue, Didier Lockwood definitely was a major player in Jazz violin history. In his memory, the CMDL wishes to support the new generation of violinists. For its 20 years anniversary, The Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood organize an International Jazz Violin Competition with the help of the Django Reinhardt Festival, both to enhance the instrument and its incredible palette of tones suitable to improvisation and to highlight the talent of young artists.

This competition is intended to promote young groups who place the violin or viola at the center of their artistic project. The Didier Lockwood Prize rewards the originality of the artistic universe, the musicality, the sense of composition and arrangements, the quality of the interpretation, the individual and collective technical level, the ability to improvise …

– be a jazz group, between 3 and 5 musicians, including at least one violinist or violist
– The violinist or violist is less than 30 years old on 12/31/2021. The average age of the group members on 12/31/2021 does not exceed 30 years and no musician can be over 35 years old
– The same musician cannot be part of several groups participating in the competition in the same year

Applicants must complete the online form and attach all the documents requested on CMDL’s website. Applications will be open in Spring 2021.
You will be asked to provide :
– A description of your artistic project (pdf)
– A biography of the group and its members (pdf)
– At least one photograph or visual of your group (jpeg)
– A technical rider with stage plot (pdf)
– The mandate duly completed and signed by all members of the group (pdf)
– Acceptance of the contest rules signed by the group representative
– Two audio files in mp3 format = two titles interpreted by the group. A title is chosen by the group and the second is imposed. This is a piece by Didier Lockwood, La Javalseuse.


These files will be transmitted to the members of the jury anonymously. Indeed, as a measure of impartiality, the members of the jury will listen to the candidates’ songs, without knowing the performers.

The jury is made up of at least 3 members:
Professional musician(s),
Representative(s) of the specialized press,
Representatives of a collective management organization.

A pre-selection committee will audition the audio material sent by the candidates.
The 3 groups selected for the final will be announced on June , 2021.

The 3 selected groups will have the chance to play at the Django Reinhardt Festival, on July, 2021. During their concert (30 min), each group will have to perform Didier Lockwood’s La Javalseuse, as well as the pieces of their choice. After the performance of the three finalists, the jury will meet and then announce the winning group.

The Didier Lockwood Prize winner will receive € 3,000, the second the sum of € 2,000 and the third the sum of € 1,000.

AND IN 2022 ??
Twenty years ago, the founders of the CMDL wanted to defend jazz and improvised music by accompanying young musicians towards professional life. Today, the project of the jazz violin competition takes on its full meaning and pays homage to Didier Lockwood’s unwavering attachment to the instrument and transmission to new generations. With the collaboration of the prestigious Django Reinhardt festival, the CMDL hopes to perpetuate the project.

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