Cécile McLorin Salvant is the winner of the Paul Acket Award 2016. This prize is awarded yearly by the festival and presented to an artist 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 wide audience.
Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant was born in Miami to a French mother and Haitian father. She started playing the piano at age 5 and discovered her singing voice just a few years later. In 2007, she moved to France, and won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition in 2010. McLorin Salvant has a unique sound and her phrasing is a breathtaking. For her third album, For One To Love, she received a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album earlier this year.
The BNP Paribas Foundation has been supporting the Paul Acket Award for six years. Its worldwide support for jazz music has existed for over 20 years: in 1995, the BNP Paribas Foundation began to help jazz musicians develop their careers, providing assistance for recordings and promoting concerts as well as tours. A sponsor of several major awards, the Foundation also supports festivals all over the world.
An overview of all previous winners can be found here