This year, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal highlighted the exceptional contributions to music made by Zakir Hussain, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Renee Rosnes, George Thorogood, Ben Harper and Ry Cooder.
Renee Rosnes is the 30th artist to receive the Oscar Peterson Award. This prize was created on the 10th anniversary of the Festival in 1989 to salute a Canadian musician who has made outstanding contributions to jazz in this country and for the quality of his or her art. Born in Canada, Renee Rosnes studied classically before turning towards jazz and New York in the mid ’80s. Since then, the pianist has released 16 albums, taking home five Juno Awards. Alongside her long and brilliant solo career, the artist has joined in prestigious studio and onstage collaborations with such luminaries as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, James Moody, J.J. Johnson and Bobby Hutcherson, not to mention her roles as a musical director and jazz journalist. Renee Rosnes undeniably ranks among the most important pianists and composers of her generation.