The next edition of the Corendon International Big Band Competition will be held on Saturday the 25th of May 2019. In October it will be possible to subscribe for this 23th edition. Please contact ibbc@meerjazz.nl if you wish to receive an application form.

On Saturday the 2nd of June 2018 the Corendon International Big Band Competition took place. Here competed twenty big bands in two classes, the top class and the first class. The international competition is a part of the 24th edition of the TAKE OFF Music Event.

Alderman of Cultural Affairs of Haarlemmermeer Derk Reneman, together with deputy director Conservatorium Amsterdam, Edoardo Righini, director Corendon Foundation, Gunay Uslu and chairman Meer Jazz Foundation handed out the prizes.

The winners in the Top Class are:

  • 1st place: Big Band GveriLLaz from Slovenia
    (Sponsored by: Corendon Foundation)
  • 2nd place: Sointi Jazz Orchestra from Finland
    (Sponsored by: Meer Jazz Foundation)

The winners in the First Class are:

  • 1st place: Ventspils BigBand from Latvia
    (Sponsored by: Meer Jazz Foundation)
  • 2nd place: JazzOrchester Kreuzberg from Germany
    (Sponsored by: Meer Jazz Foundation)
  • 3rd place: Hans Anselm Big Band uit from Germany
    (Sponsored by: Meer Jazz Foundation)


Best Reed/Brass Player


Beste Solisten


The bigbands were judged by members of an eight person jury led by the American piano player and band leader Dave Berkman. The other members of the jury are internationally renown too, like  base player Joris Teepe, the German trombone player Hansjörg Fink, the American trumpet player Kurt Weiss, the Dutch vibraphone player Frits Landesbergen, band leader Pieter van den Dolder, trumpet player and arranger Robbert Scherpenisse and trombone player Bart van Lier.


Top Class

Big Band GveriLLaz [SI] o.l.v. Peter Ugrin
Berlin Jazz Composers Orchestra [DE] o.l.v. Christof Griese
JugendJazzOrchester NRW [DE] o.l.v. Gabiel Pérez, Stefan Pfeifer-Galilea
Sointi Jazz Orchestra [FI] o.l.v. Rasmus Soini
West Coast Big Band [NL] o.l.v. Nils van Haften


First Class

Sound Express Big Band [DE] led by Dietmar Traut
Kosmosis Big Band [NL] led by Joost Dieho
Big Band Blast! [NL] led by Nils van Haften
Hans Anselm Big Band [DE] led by Benedikt Schnitzler,Anna Wohlfarth
JazzOrchester Kreuzberg [DE] led by Christian Fischer
Swinging Affair Big Band [NL] led by Jan Spruit
New Sound Jazz Machine [NL] led by Joris Bolhaar
Codarts Young Talent Bigband [NL] led by Søren Ballegaard
Torvikopla Big Band [FI] led by Antti Karvonen
Big Band Beeg
[NL] led by Richard Didden
Big Band Utrecht [NL] led by Martien de Kam
Want2Swing Bigband [NL] led by Marco Kerver
Ventspils BigBand [LV] led by Renars Lacis
Solid Big Band [NL] led by Gijs Berkers