Page Overview: Jazz Award 2020
Jazz Award 2020.
BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.

The Melody at Night.

Adam Bałdych Quartet and Peter Gall Quintet selected as finalists.

Please be aware: The BMW Welt Jazz Award final event is postponed from May 9, 2020 until beginning of 2021. With regard to the current events, the related measures taken to control the corona virus as well as out of responsibility towards artists, guests and employees, we heavy-heartedly decided to postpone the final until the beginning of 2021. 

The final event will take place at the beginning of 2021 in the auditorium of the BMW Welt. Tickets for the final event will be available in the BMW Welt at Olympiapark 1 in 80809 Munich. Please be aware that tickets at BMW Welt are only available at the Counter to following opening times: Mo - Sa: 8.30 am to 5.00 pm. Already purchased ticket will remain valid. If you would like to return your purchased tickets, please note the following: Buyers who have purchased tickets at BMW Welt should contact: Buyers who have purchased tickets through München Ticket have to send the original tickets to the following address in order to get the money back: München Ticket, PO Box 20 14 13, 80014 Munich.

The new target date for the final of the BMW Welt Jazz Award will be announced soon. Then, both finalists will perform their interpretation of this year’s theme “The Melody at Night” at the auditorium of the BMW Welt. The winning ensemble will be awarded with 10,000 Euro as well as with a trophy designed by BMW Design; the runner-up will receive a prize money of 5,000 Euro.

The BMW Welt Jazz Award is being held for the 12th time this year. A special highlight for jazz lovers and all those who would like to become one. After exciting concerts of the BMW Welt Jazz Award performed by international ensembles, the jury, comprised of five of Germany’s most renowned jazz experts, announced the two finalists: the Adam Bałdych Quartet and the Peter Gall Quintet. These will compete for the coveted award at the beginning of 2021. The winner will be chosen directly after the finale held at the BMW Welt Auditorium. This year`s concerts were performed on Tuesday nights for the first time. Evenings and nights have always been the ideal time for a spot of jazz, which is why this year’s theme is "The Melody at Night". Hosted by Hannah Weiss, winner of the BMW Welt Young Artist Jazz Award 2019, jazz fans have been experiencing the musical skills of this year’s performers at the double-cone of BMW Welt between January and March. 


14/01/2020 - Cecilie Grundt Quintet
21/01/2020 - Andrea Hermenau Quintet
11/02/2020 - Adam Baldych Quartet
18/02/2020 - Peter Gall Quintet
25/02/2020 - Reis / Demuth / Wiltgen
10/03/2020 - Giovanni Guidi Quintet - cancelled

Beginning of 2021 - Final event with the two nominated ensembles


Adam Baldych Quartet.

Adam Baldych Quartet.

Polish violinist Adam Bałdych was a celebrated child prodigy in his homeland and he began his international career at the age of 16. Bałdych has received critical acclaim for his unique technique and for “redefining the violin sound”. In his current project, “Sacrum Profanum”, he returns to his classical roots: with his fellow countrymen (Krzysztof Dys on piano, Michał Barański on bass, and Dawid Fortuna on drums) he focuses on “sacred music” and its great composers, from medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen, to Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, to the contemporary Tatar-Russian avant-gardist Sofia Gubaidulina.

Peter Gall Quintet.

Peter Gall Quintet.

Hailing from Bad Aibling, but having lived most of his life in Berlin, Peter Gall is one of Germany’s most distinguished drummers and composers. At BMW Welt, Gall will present his first album as bandleader, “Paradox Dreambox”, an impressive kaleidoscope of modern jazz sounds. He is joined on stage by other outstanding performers from the innovative German and European jazz scene, namely the Echo Jazz award winner Wanja Slavin on saxophone, Dutch guitar superstar Reinier Baas, winner of the New German Jazz Award Rainer Böhm on piano, as well as up-and-coming bassist Felix Henkelhausen.


Impressions BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.

BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020.

The BMW Welt Young Artist Award.

The Audience Prize.

Jazz thrives on innovation and ideas - its numerous variations are the best proof of this. We want to promote this dynamic further and have, therefore, created the BMW Welt Young Artist Award. This year, for the fifth time in succession, it will honour young regional talent. The award, which comes with a prize of € 3000, will be presented by the jury of the BMW Welt Jazz Award. The BMW Group, and the City of Munich, are once again donating the prize this year, which, in addition to the prize money, also includes performances at Munich’s renowned Jazzclub Unterfahrt, and at the Leipzig Jazz Days.

You can’t argue about taste – but you can still vote. That’s why you have the chance to grade the ensembles on a ballot paper after each of the concerts to help your favourite win the audience prize. The ensemble with the best average score will win. The audience winner will be announced immediately after the final concert.


This year, we are also supported by our previous partners, nmz, and the Cultural Department of the City of Munich. A new partnership has been established with Munich’s renowned luxury hotel,  Bayerischer Hof. Another new partner is the Munich radio station egoFM. On the Sunday evenings of 16/02/20 and 15/03/20, between 9.00 pm and 10.00 pm, egoFM broadcasted the concerts by the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020 nominated ensembles. 

Hoter Bayerischer Hof und NMZ.
egoFM und Landeshauptstadt München.