For decades, jazz has been an important part of the cultural identity of Graz. This lively (and in many ways game-changing) music scene, together with the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts, has made Graz into one of Austria‘s jazz hotspots. As one of Europe’s first jazz programs at university level (established in 1965), the Jazz Institute gained its impressive international reputation through its excellent alumni and faculty.
With the triennial jazz composition competition JAZZ COMP GRAZ, the Jazz Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts was able to establish another highlight in the vibrant jazz scene of Graz. Leading young composers from throughout Europe are invited to take part in this competition. They will be able to present their works to an esteemed international jury. What is unique about this competition is, that the selection of the winners will be made during a live performance featuring the KUG Jazz Orchestra on November 13, 2020. The final concert will be recorded, and a CD featuring the winning compositions will be released in 2021.