Congratulations to our 2014 Six String Theory Winners who performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival opening for Lee Ritenour’s show, July 8, 2014!
Photo: Tony Antal Pusztai (SST guitar winner), Giorgi Mikadze (SST piano winner), Kenneth Salters (SST drum winner), Lee Ritenour, Andres Rotmistrovsky (SST 1st Runner Up bass winner), and Leandro Pellegrino (MJF guitar winner 2013). MonoNeon, our 2014 Bass Winner, was not able to perform due to a previous booked performance so Andres came in place. The show was a big success! The guys also launched the nightly jam sessions at the Montreux Jazz Club!
Quotes from some of the 2014 SST Judges:
Keb’ Mo’: “They are all fantastic. Hard to choose, but this is only one contest in the game of life.”
Vince Gill: “Picking a winner was truly impossible. All these guitar players have my utmost respect.”
Steve Lukather: “Jeez I love them all and wish I could hug them, for trying so hard. They are ALL great, they really are. OK here goes… God I hate this… damn glad it is not ME on the chopping block! haha”
Abe Laboriel Jr: “this was not easy…”
Chris Coleman: “This was seriously close!! CRAZY!!”
Daniel Jobim: “So many good players out there so it was hard to choose!”
Don Alder: “The winners are getting some incredible opportunities, like performing at venues I’ve only dreamed of playing.”
Pat Kelley: “I really enjoyed seeing all of the videos. The semi-finalists are all amazing players and it was a difficult choice”
Nathan East: “Wow, some of these bass players are crazy good!”
Will Kennedy: “Wow! That was an amazing line up this year!!”
Hotei: “All of the candidates were really fantastic, so it was not so easy to evaluate them”
Tom Kennedy: “It’s always difficult, but I definitely based my decisions on functionality first”
From Lee Ritenour:
Congratulations to all our final winners, our runner ups, semi finalists and everyone who participated in the 2014 Six String Theory competition!
You’ll notice from the final list of winners that it was a truly global contest, and as I mentioned before, I had the best seat in the house watching guitar, piano, bass, and drum videos from literally all over the world…
It was fascinating to work closely with all our legendary judges and you’ll see from their quotes that they were knocked out with everyone! It is so amazing the way music and musicians impact the listener. Often the voting came down to a one point difference between the players…
I continue to encourage everyone to keep on your individual journeys… Learning and growing on your instrument is a lifetime struggle and being in the music business adds additional challenges, but the joy we receive from music and ultimately give back to our listeners is something that we must always hold sacred.
Good luck to everyone on your continued journey… we’ll be back in 2016 for the next competition so hope to see you then!