Russian vocalist Alina Engibaryan was announced as the winner of the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition 2015 by jazz and soul singer Al Jarreau, who was leading the 2015 competition jury during its final stages on 15-16 July, held at the Petit Théâtre in the Montreux Palace Hotel.
Engibaryan, 22, is currently studying on the Master Programme at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in the Netherlands, having entered jazz music school in her native Russia at the age of five. She swayed the jury with her renditions of My Gentleman Friend, Chick Corea’s You’re Everything and James Moody’s Mood For Love.
The competition’s second prize and audience choice was won by South Africa’s Vuyo Sotashe, while the third prize went to Yumi Ito from Switzerland.
Established to nurture and promote talented young singers from all around the world through its close connection with the internationally renowned annual Montreux Jazz Festival, the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition has been sponsored since its foundation by microphone manufacturer Shure. Like previous winners of the competition, all three of the 2015 finalists will take home Shure products of their choice to a value of 2000 Euros each, along with other prizes.