The Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition, which had 164 entrants from all around the world, saw Arta Jekabsone from Latvia take the top prize.
A former violin student and graduate of the Riga Choir cathedral school in the Latvian capital, Jekabsone is currently studying on a scholarship at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York.
She tried to make her winning performance at the competition as personal as possible, as she explained in an interview straight after receiving first prize.
“When I was thinking about the concept of what to sing, for me the first condition was: be yourself. I chose the songs where I felt a connection,” she comments
Erik Leuthäuser from Germany placed second, while Fabio Giacalone from Italy, was third.
All three of the finalists take home Shure products of their choice to a value of €2000 each, along with other prizes.