Surprising Stars online music competition is a fantastic opportunity for students or recent graduates from music conservatories all over Europe. The aim of the competition is to support young pop and jazz musicians in building their own online audience, and to give them a platform that will help them to gain recognition in Europe. Finalists are selected by a public online voting audience. They are invited to come to the Netherlands and perform live with the world famous Metropole Orkest. For more information please go to our About page.
Surprising Stars prize winners
2017: Alim Kurtmemetov
Alim (21) is a Ukrainian clarinet player who is currently attending music school in Turkey. With his song Sing, Sing, Sing he was the winner of the first Surprising Stars competition. As a result he performed live with the Metropole Orkest Big Band at the Amersfoort Jazz Festival.
2018: Frederico Vannini
Frederico (22) is a Brazilian student of Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC) in Barcelona, who plays blues and flamenco. He has won the competition by playing his song Blues for China on his electric guitar. Frederico performed live with China Moses and the Metropole Orkest Big Band at Bimhuis in Amsterdam.