Purchase College jazz studies student Cyrille-Aimee Daudel recently won the prestigious 2007 Montreux Jazz Festival Voice Competition in Montreux, Switzerland. In addition to winning this juried competition, presided over by singer Al Jarreau, she also received the Public Prize, which is awarded by the audience to their favorite competition performer.
As the winner, Ms. Daudel received a cash prize and will perform at next year’s Montreux Jazz Festival with her own band. She will also perform at and participate in the 35th International Association of Educators Conference in January 2008. In addition, she also received a free recording session with a Swiss studio where she will record a CD in December, and a Shure microphone.
Born in Fontainebleau, France, Ms. Daudel holds a French Baccalaureat degree and has studied at the American School of Modern Music in Paris, in addition to receiving private voice lessons with Dena DeRose, Ingrid Saxon, Miroslava Brimont, Thierry Peala and Maria Remola, among others.
In 2003, the Montreux Jazz Festival founded the Voice Competition in memory of the great jazz singers of the past, and invited young vocalists to display their talent. The competition is organized annually as part of the Montreux Jazz Festival and gives young singers a unique opportunity to gain the recognition of an international audience of connoisseurs. The Competition takes place in Montreux Palace, one of Montreux’s best-known hotels.