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

The Melody at Night.

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; we invite you to enjoy atmospheric Tuesday evenings in BMW Welt’s Double Cone between  14th January and 10th March, from 6.00 pm onwards. 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".

The program includes six free evening concerts in which up-and-coming virtuosos will play for the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020. In the top-class event series, selected ensembles give their best to convince the audience and the jury with dreamy melodies and playful rhythms.

After the last concert, the jury comprised of five of Germany’s most renowned jazz experts will nominate two finalists. These will compete for the coveted award on 9 May 2020. The winner will be chosen directly after the finale held at the BMW Welt Auditorium.

The Tuesday concerts take place from 7.00 pm in BMW Welt’s Double Cone. Entrance starts at 6.00 pm. Entry is free.
Plus, after the concerts, things will continue in style – with delicious drinks from the bar in BMW Welt’s Double Cone and  the unmistakeable tunes of egoFM’s Jazz Sounds. Listen to the egoFM Jazz Stream now, and let yourself be inspired in time for the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020. Please be aware that there is no guarantee for seating.

The final event will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 7.00 pm 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. 


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

09/05/2020 - Final event with the two nominated ensembles


Cecile Grundt Quintet.

Cecilie Grundt Quintet.


Saxophonist Cecilie Grundt is one of the latest discoveries in the lively Norwegian jazz scene. Her role models are the original icons of her instrument, from Dexter Gordon and Charlie Parker to Sonny Rollins and Jan Garbarek. The programmatic title of her debut album captures the humour that also shapes her pieces: “Contemporary Old School”. Together with Øyvind Mathisen on trumpet, Håvard Aufles on piano, Morten Stai on bass and Åsmund Smidt on drums, she will develop new sound structures and melodies based on traditional ones at the BMW Welt Jazz Award.

Andrea Hermenau Quintet.

Andrea Hermenau Quintet.


For many years, the pianist, singer, percussionist and composer Andrea Hermenau has been an integral part of the Munich jazz scene. Her project “Die Nachtpracht” is a perfect fit for this year’s BMW Welt Jazz Awards. Hermenau has arranged and composed pieces that she perceives as night music, which emphasise the poetic side of the night. In a quintet with saxophonist Till Martin, bassist Sven Faller, drummer Bastian Jütte and American vibraphonist Tim Collins, she showcases her harmonically experienced, emphatically melodic piano playing, her pronounced sense of rhythm, her penchant for Southeast European timbres and her lyrical singing, which always focuses on the basics.

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.

Reis / Demuth / Wiltgen.

Reis / Demuth / Wiltgen.


Even little Luxembourg has a new generation of musicians who are successfully contributing to a young, creative European jazz scene which is emancipated from its mother genre in the United States. Among the country’s most internationally renowned representatives are a trio made up of pianist Michel Reis, bassist Marc Demuth and drummer Paul Wiltgen. They have released three critically acclaimed albums, the most recent of which, entitled “Once In A Blue Moon”, they will be performing at BMW Welt: music which is full of ideas, surprising, gripping, emotive and is carried by the dreamlike understanding of the three instrumentalists.

Giovanni Guidi.

Giovanni Guidi Quintet.


As a teenager, pianist Giovanni Guidi attracted the attention of trumpeter Enrico Rava, Italy’s grand master of jazz, during his jazz seminars; since then he has been Rava’s long-term piano accompanist. This helped Guidi to make a name for himself internationally. With his current project, “Avec le temps”, he has expanded his trio (bassist Joe Rehmer and Portuguese drummer João Lobo) to include two other prominent Italian jazz greats, in the form of woodwind player Francesco Bearzatti and guitarist Roberto Cecchetto. The quintet, which he jokingly calls “Inferno”, pays homage to the poet, composer and chansonnier Léo Ferré or the recently deceased Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stańko.


First 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.

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 six concerts to help your favourite win the audience prize. The ensemble with the best average score will win, and can look forward to, a performance at “Jazz Summer 2020” at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, one of our cooperation partners this year. So, come along to our concerts and cast your vote. 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. The winners of the audience prize will perform here as part of the “Jazz Summer 2020”. 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 will broadcast three concerts by the BMW Welt Jazz Award 2020 nominated ensembles. 

Hoter Bayerischer Hof und NMZ.
egoFM und Landeshauptstadt München.