Primary Instrument: Vocalist
Cécile McLorin Salvant is the winner of the 21010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition.
She is a young French-American jazz singer, born and raised in Miami of a French mother and a Haitian father and started piano studies at 5 and choir and lyrical at 8 with private instructors and at the University of Miami.
Known for her own unique interpretation of standard jazz classics and blues, Cécile enjoys popularity in France and Europe where she has performed in many concerts accompanied by renowned artists like Jean-Francois Bonnel, Jacques Schneck, Bent Persson, Martin Litton, Matthias Seuffert, Troy Roberts, Paul Pioli, and many other talented musicians...
The magazine Paris Hot Club has called a “true and remarkable jazz singer…a young jazz prodigy”. Cécile has performed as a guest at the prestigious Ascona Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Whitley Bay Jazz Festival, the Montauban Jazz Festival among other venues.
She graduated from Coral Reef International Baccalaureate Academy in 2007 where she received the highly prestigious National Achievement Scholarship.
She is currently studying vocal and piano jazz and lyrical voice at the Music Conservatory of Aix-en-Provence, France, under the mentoring of Jean-François Bonnel recipient of the 1985 Clarinet Gold Medal and of the 2000 Sydney Bechet Jazz Academy Award. In addition, she is pursuing a licentiate in law at the Pierre Mendes France University of Grenoble, France.