The Jury

Mark Scholten | Saxophone

Marc Scholten is the lead alto-saxophone player of the renowned Metropole Orchestra. As the leader of the saxophone section, he has become one of the best in Dutch jazzmusic. In his career, he has played with many legendary jazzmusicians like Herbie Hancock, The Brecker Brothers and Quincy Jones, just to name a few. With the Metropole Orchestra he played on the Grammy-Award winning album "Sylva" by Snarky Puppy. Besides playing, he is one of the main teachers Jazz- and Pop at the Utrecht Conservatory.

Vincent Veneman | Trombone

Vincent Veneman is trombone player, arranger and composer, and is recognised as one of the most talented of his generation. As such, he is a regular substitute at the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw and at the Metropole Orchestra, as a bandmember as well as a solist. During his career, many musicians made use of his talents, like Kurt Elling, Herbie Hancock and Snarky Puppy. He too was a part of the "Sylva" album by Snarky Puppy.

Jan Wessels | Trumpet

It is impossible to use the words 'jazz' and 'Twente' in the same sentence without talking about Jan Wessels. The pride of jazzlovers in Twente, Jan Wessels had to be a part of our jury. This trumpet player is regarded as one of the best in his specialisation, and is globally well known for his amazing solo's. Besides being a regular substitute at the Metropole Orchestra (as a player as well as conductor), he teaches the next generation of trumpet players at the Amsterdam Conservatory and ArtEZ Applied University of the Arts.

Rob Horsting | Keys

Our other pride from Twente is Rob Horsting. As one of the most respected arrangers the Netherlands has to offer, he too is closely related to the Metropole Orchestra, as one of its main arrangers. But Rob has just as much experience in playing and conducting bigbands. It started in Twente, with the Dual City Bigband and the Millenium Jazz Orchestra and resulted in conducting the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. He also teaches at the Amsterdam Concervatory and ArtEZ Applied University of the Arts.