Competition is opened for young bands from all countries. All attending musicians have to be under the age of 30 at the year of the competition. Semifinalists will be chosen by jury on the basis of sent recordings and invited to perform in final round. Competitors will perform in front of the jury with program in the length of 50 minutes. The professional jury will choose the winner of the year. The decision of the jury will be final and unappealable and the jury may adopt whatever decisions they consider fit. The winners get also the opportunity to appear on the Bratislava Jazz Days in Zilina.

Application to join ZILINA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ CONTEST should be sent up to 1st of July 2017.

A Selection Committee will choose four groups from among all the valid applicants. These groups will perform on final round on 26th and 27th of September 2017.


To choose the right winner out of the entries from all over the world, there is a jury for the qualifications and one for the final.

The jury for the qualifications listens to all submitted tracks (3 per contestant) and chooses four groups that can participate live at the final of ZILINA JAZZ INTERNATIONAL CONTEST.

Andy Middleton – saxophone (USA)
Lukáš Oravec – trumpet (SK)
Tomáš Baroš – doublebass (CZ)
Kálmán Oláh – piano (HU)
Klemens Marktl – drums (AT)
Milan Vendrinský – director of Bratislava Jazz Days in Žilina

Andy Middleton
is one of the very top-tier saxophonists living in andyEurope today. Imaginative and adventurous virtuosity spans an incredibly wide breadth of expression – from fierce power to tender warmth, lyrical yet rhythmically driving, masterful and inspired. His compositions, harmonically modern and melodic yet clearly rooted in the jazz tradition, provide the perfect setting. This unique voice as a player, arranger and composer has led jazz icons such as Ralph Towner, Kenny Wheeler and David Holland to collaborate with him.  He has also performed and recorded with a long list of artists including Billy Hart, Maria Schneider, Richie Beirach, Renee Rosnes, Randy Brecker, Bob Mintzer, Bill Evans, Lionel Hampton, Bob Mintzer, Joey Calderazzo, John Abercrombie, Steve Rodby, Scott Colley and Adam Nussbaum. Born in Harrisburg, PA, Andy received his masters degree in composition at the University of Miami.  After nearly 20 years in the New York jazz scene, he relocated to Vienna, Austria in 2006, where he is Professor of Jazz Composition, Jazz Theory and Jazz Saxophone at the University for Music and Art of the City of Vienna.

Tomáš Baroš (CZ)
Tomas Baros
Tomáš Baroš was born on 31 august 1985 in Teplice, Czech Republic. He grew up in a musician family as a child of well-known trumpet player Július Baroš. He was Tomaš´s first teacher and big inspiration in his life and music. Tomáš gained his knowledge as a student of classical double bass at the Prague College of Music in class of Květoslav Borovička. At the age of 14 he started to play with finest Czech and Slovak jazz musicians. From his early age he becomes a respected member of Prague jazz scene. Nowadays Tomas belongs to the most prefered contrabass players on the Czech and Slovak music scene. His talent is proved by many successes: In 1999 he won the first prize in his category in National Classic Competition. In 2003 was awarded in the International Jazz & Blues festival in Ústí nad Labem as the „Solo Player of the Year“. As a member of Miroslav Hloucal Quartet won the JazzPrix Competition in 2012. From 2006 Tomas is member of Gustav Brom Czech radio Big Band and CZ-SK Big Band Matus Jakabcic. As a performer he has colaborate with world class artists like Benny Golson, Rick Margitza, Antonio Farao, Alex Sipiagin, Roberta Gambarini, New York voices, Gene Jackson, Vincent Herring, Dennis Rowland, Eric Allen, Deborah Davis, George Mraz, Joe Cohn, Paul Bollenback, John Betsch, Brian Charrette, Piotr Wojtasik, Tony Lakatos, Kalman Olah, Igor Buttman, Harry Sokal, Douglas Sides, Osian Roberts, Benito Gonzales, Winand Gabor, Karen Edwards, Pavel Wlosok, Pablo Held, Ryan Carniaux, Peter Beets.

Lukáš Oravec (SK)
Lukas OravecAfter finishing his study at Conservatory in Zilina he was accepted to Royal Academy of Music Aarhus, (DK) majoring in classical trumpet under Christian Steenstrup and Martin Schuster. At the same time he was studied jazz trumpet under Jakob Buchanan. Lukas continued his studies at Janáčkova akademie múzických umění v Brně (CZ) under prof. Jan Broda in classical music and under prof. Jan Pribil in jazz interpretation. Later he went to study in Akademia Muzyczna im. Karola Szymanowskiego Katowice (PL) at department of classical music under prof. Stanislaw Dziewior and department of jazz music under Piotr Wojtasik. Lukas is currently studying jazz interpretation at Janacek Academy in Brno under prof. Juraj Bartoš. From October 2013 he start study on City of Vienna University in class of Jörg Engels. He won a competitions as 1. place in I. category and allover winner in trumpet competition of Conservatories Slovakia (2005), 1. place in II. category in trumpet competition of Conservatories Slovakia (2007) and 1. place in international festival of brass orchestras Rybnik, Poland (2007). In 2012 Lukas won a Price for convincing interpretation, competition new Faces of Slovak jazz and the Highest price – Lukas Oravec Quartet – for sophisticated collective playing, competition new Faces of Slovak jazz. In 2014 his debut album “Introducing Lukas Oravec Quartet” won prize ESPRIT 2013 awards, best slovak jazz album of year. Lukas worked with big bands such as RAMA Big Band – Denmark under the leadership of Jens Christian Jensena, Geir Lysne or Ian McDougall. He played in Zilina Conservatory Big Band and now he is member of orchestra Gustav Brom Big Band and Band of Milo Suchomel. He was a member of Balkan ensemble Balkansambel and Brno local ensemble Next Phase. In 2012 Lukas formed project Lukáš Oravec Quartet (highest price – for sophisticated collective playing, competition new Faces of Slovak jazz). He often works with members of jazz scene such as Vincent Herring, Rick Margitza, Pavel Wlosok, Radovan Tariška, Pete Turner, Jamil Sheriff, Martin Gasser, Marián Ševčík, Andy Schofield, Benito Gonzalez, Miroslav Vitous, Peter Erskine, Vinzenz Kummer, Juraj Griglak, Lászlo Süle, Essiet Okon Essiet, Ondřej Štveráček, Hannu Rantanen, Jan Pilch, Kalman Oláh, Luboš Šrámek, Elemér Balázs, János Egri, Jacek Namyslowski, Gábor Bolla, Dávid Hodek.

Kálmán Oláh (HU)
Born in Budapest in 1970 of Romany parentage, Kálmánkalman ohal went on to graduate from the Béla Bartók Conservatory, completing his musical studies at Franz Liszt Academy of Music, on whose jazz faculty he currently sits. During his student years, his unique, ecumenical approach gained him widespread recognition, winning numerous awards at competitions both in Hungary and abroad including the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida. Kálmán founded Trio Midnight, an innovative jazz group that helped him earn recognition beyond Hungary as he became a regular at festivals in Italy, France, Spain, Belgium, Germany and elsewhere. Kálmáns versatility as a performer is demonstrated by his passion to expand the musical boundaries and his ever-lasting quest for new forms of self-expression. He writes original music and arrangements for Hungarian and international projects, including big band and symphonic works as well as for his own formations like Kálmán Oláh Sextet and Kálmán Oláh Trio since 1995.In 2006 he received the Franz Liszt Award from the Hungarian government and was awarded the Grand Prize of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composers Competition. His winning composition, “Always,” is the centerpiece of his first U.S. release recorded with Jack DeJohnette and Ron McClure. It its review of “Always,” JazzTimes describes Kálmán as a “fully developed, finished pianist with a seductive touch and a continuous lyricism on material that never follows a linear process but rather flows and swirls. You can get lost  euphorically lost  in the reveries of Oláhs music.” (JazzTimes, October 2007)

Klemens Marktl (AT)
Drummer, bandleader, composer & arranger Klemmarktlens Marktl was born in Austria. After studying classical piano at a very young age Klemens Marktl discovered his passion in playing the drums. He studied drums in Austria, The Hague, Amsterdam and New York with Carl Allen, Ralph Peterson, Greg Hutchinson, Ari Hoenig, John Riley and among others. 1997-2003 Klemens was living in the Netherlands and worked professionally as a drummer/bandleader in the international jazzscene. In January 2003 he recorded his first CD-debut “THE CHALLENGE” (Jazz`n`Arts). He has toured and recorded with jazz greats such as George Garzone, Seamus Blake, Aaron Goldberg, Chris Cheek, Matt Penman, Johannes Weidenmueller, Barry Harris, Jesse van Ruller, Renato Chicco, Ferdinand Povel, Jasper Blom, Phillip Harper, Frans Elsen, Michael Erian, Primus Sitter, Erich Kleinschuster, Heinz von Hermann, Rick Margitza, John Swana, Rob Bargad, Kenny Werner, Herwig Gradischnig, Andy Middleton, Martin Reiter, Peter Madsen, Johannes Enders, Harry Sokal, Reinhard Micko, Oliver Kent, Christian Havel, Erwin Schmidt, Robert Bachner Big Band, Karin Bachner, Jure Pukl, Matthias Pichler, Milan Nicolic, Piotr Wojtasek, Marc Abrams.