The Montreux Jazz Festival takes place every summer in Switzerland, on the shores of Lake Geneva. Created in 1967 by Claude Nobs, a man who is respected by musicians all around the world, the Montreux Jazz Festival has become one of the world’s most famous events over the years, generating fantastic stories and legendary performances. The Montreux Jazz Festival is coming to China for the very first time in 2021 – and the Montreux Jazz Festival China (MJFC) will take place from October 4 to 8, 2021, in the beautiful city of Hangzhou. Just like the Montreux Jazz Festival, this great music event will feature some of the world’s best musicians and bring an unsurpassed musical journey to China – a first even for China’s music enthusiasts.
We were very honored that Mr. Olivier Zehnder, Consul General of Switzerland in Shanghai, opened the event with a welcome speech. He explained that the Montreux Jazz Festival holds a special place in the hearts of many music lovers worldwide and is especially dear to Swiss people like him, who grew up on the shores of Lake Geneva. The Consul General pointed out that the current situation is difficult for all people and sectors, but especially so for the creators of culture and art. He was very happy to learn that the MJF is coming to China, and he and Mr. Bernardino Regazzoni, Swiss Ambassador to China, will attend the Festival in October. The Consul General elaborated that art is a powerful force to form bonds between people. He mentioned last year’s 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationships between Switzerland and China; the friendship between the two countries is profound and marked by respect. The Consul General wishes the organizing committee of MJFC all the best, and he is convinced that together with the strong support from the esteemed Chinese partners, the Festival will be a success.
The Zhejiang Conservatory of Music (ZJCM) in Hangzhou is the main strategic partner and co-organizer of the MJFC. The ZJCM is one of China’s leading music universities with cutting-edge technological infrastructure and a fantastic campus. Amongst others, this partnership includes the organization and promotion of the MJFC as well as an academic collaboration to promote and support young Chinese and international talents, fostering the cooperation of the ZJCM with international music conservatories, exchange programs with these universities, and the development of a MJFC hub for Art Song, the highly exclusive art form combining music and literature. Together, the ZJCM and the MJFC will research and invest in groundbreaking audio technology and venture into new music education fields.
Dr. Felix Moesner, President of Swissnex, Consul of Science and Technology of the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai, introduced the Swissnex Dome and its innovative audio-visual-immersive technology. Swissnex in China, a network of education, research, innovation and art outposts aimed at connecting Switzerland with the world's innovation hubs, is the official innovation partner of MJFC. The organization will play an important role in implementing the digital strategy of the MJFC and will install the super cool Swissnex dome at the festival site.
The venue of the festival is the newly renovated historical and ecological Yangbei Lake Wetland Park in Hangzhou’s Fuyang District. This venue offers MJFC the perfect location to hold a music festival of its quality and size, and the venue is ideally located in terms of transportation, so that festival visitors can easily get there.
MJFC is very grateful to the leaders of the Fuyang District for providing this perfect venue and was honored by the attendance of Ms. XIA Fen, Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Hangzhou Fuyang District, who explained «her» district, as well as the history and the future of the Yangbei Lake Wetland Park.
After this official first part, the event was all about the most important part of any music festival: the music and the artists. Mr. Ted Lo, music director of MJFC, and Mr. Kent Poon, Chief Technology Officer of MJFC, delighted the audience with a high-tech recording of some of Hongkong’s most famous Jazz artists – bringing a first spirit of Montreux to Hangzhou. The Dutch jazz queen Laura Figy and Chinese Pianist Lang Lang sent their greetings, and members of the Inner-Mongolian Rock Band Hanggai addressed the audience in person.
The whole team of MJFC expresses its thanks and deep gratitude to all persons who participated in this memorable event and to the Swiss and Chinese government authorities who support us along this exciting journey. We are very much looking forward to the future collaboration with all our partners and are working hard to bring the best musicians to the stage in October.
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