Israeli musician Anat Cohen is the winner of the Paul Acket Award 2013. This prize is awarded every year by the festival and presented to artists deserving wider recognition for their extraordinary musicianship.
With this prize, the North Sea Jazz organisation wants to highlight talented jazz musicians at the beginning of their career, known within the jazz scene, but not yet recognized by a wider audience.
Anat Cohen is an Israeli clarinettist, saxophonist and band leader who mixes jazz with different styles of ethnic music. She plays with her own group, Anat Cohen Quartet. Besides that, she often collaborates with her two brothers Avishai (trumpet) and Yuval (alto and soprano sax), both in their trio 3 Cohens and in the Cohanim Sextuplet, a tribute to Louis Armstrong. Recently she released the well-received album Claroscuro. Cohen was awarded Clarinettist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association seven consecutive times.
The Paul Acket Award is supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation. This Foundation has been active for over 18 years in developing the careers of jazz musicians, by supporting their recordings and concerts.
An overview of all previous winners can be found here