Kateryna Kravchenko becomes second Grizzly Jazz Foundation award winner – London Jazz News


The Grizzly Jazz Foundation owes its name to the nickname of its founder, Dr. Andreas Hoeft (1954-2020), a leading figure in intensive medicine and anesthesiology in Bonn, who was also a big fan of jazz. The foundation has just announced its second winner, whom it will support for the next two years with an endowment of 20,000 euros.

Kateryna Kravchenko (with Lars Danielsson in the background) . Photo credit: Norbert Ittermann Deutsche Telekom AG

The first winner was Alma Naidu, and the second is the jazz singer Kateryna Kravchenko (born in 1999). Kravchenko is from Ukraine, came to Germany to study in Dresden in 2018 and lives in Berlin. The announcement was made during a “United for Ukraine” gala concert at the Telekom Forum in Bonn.

The foundation’s citation reads: “In addition to her great musical talent and engaging stage presence, Kateryna won us over with her thirst for knowledge, her courage and her unconditional enthusiasm for jazz. We look forward to accompanying him in his next steps. Board Chairman Dr. Christian Cassebaum works on a voluntary basis with fellow board members Dr. Sabine Hoeft and Dr. Anke Steinbeck to increase the visibility of young musicians by providing organizational support or organizing representation. Part of the grant will fund Kravchenko’s debut CD. Kravchenko will also benefit from targeted mentorship and access to a substantial music industry network and other contacts based around the foundation. Bonn is the base for some of Germany’s major state-funded national music organisations.

LINKS: Grizzly Foundation website

Kateryna Kravchenko

LJN cover of Alma Naidu

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