3rd prize (2.000 EURO)
NYC-based jazz violinist Omer Ashano was born in 1993. He started playing violin when he was six years old, later taking up the guitar at age 13. At the time, his guitar teachers were the influencers who exposed Omer to the styles of Blues, Rock n’ Roll and Jazz as well as the ideas and possibilities surrounding improvisation. It was from this exposure that Omer started experimenting with this new knowledge and adapting it for the violin. Throughout the years Ashano has deepened his knowledge and passion of improvisation in jazz and other genres of music. In addition to his classical and jazz education, he immersed himself in Indian music while learning to play the Sitar and the Tabla. In the following years he went on to receive several awards and scholarships from different internationally-recognized institutions, among them the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant for outstanding jazz performers which he received in 2014. In May 2019 Ashano released his own live debut EP “Alive In New York” featuring his quartet playing Ashano’s original compositions and arrangements, to much positive reviews and acclaim.