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The participation of German blues musicians in the world's largest blues com-

petition on American ground itself is extremely unusual – but Georg Schroeter

(piano, vocals) and Marc Breitfelder (harp) winning the 27th International Blues Challenge 2011 in Memphis, TN, USA, cannot be overestimated. Fact is that the

two musicians from Kiel (Northern Germany) are the first European musicians

in the IBC's 27 years' history to run away with this prestigious award from the

USA, the home of the blues – that's just unbelievable! By doing so those two

guys will go down in Europe's music history.

The duo took its first try to win the IBC in January 2010. By gaining the German

and Baltic Blues Challenges 2009 in Eutin, Germany, they met the requirements

to get nominated for the IBC 2010 by the Baltic Blues Society Eutin. Last year

blues lovers in Memphis already paid attention as they came in second place at

the IBC's semi finals. By winning the German Blues Award 2010 – also sponsored

by the Baltic Blues Society Eutin, Germany – they were entitled to participate in

this year's IBC again.

Well experienced and self-assured from last year's competition Georg Schroeter

and Marc Breitfelder went straight through two quarter finals and the semi final

in the clubs on Memphis' legendary Beale Street to the final competition at the

time-honored Orpheum Theatre. In front of an audience of nearly 2000 the two Northerners (the German term translated word by word would be “Northern

lights”) showed their excellent skills and delivered a brilliant set during their

20 minutes' performance. Carried and pushed by the overwhelmed and often spontaneously applauding audience Georg and Marc brought their show to a thundering climax which swept the audience off their feet.

So it really did not come as a surprise that jury and audience unisonously

agreed, when Jay Sieleman ( former President of the Blues Foundation, USA ) 

at the end of the solo/duo competition spoke those crucial words:

“The winner is… Baltic Blues Society, Georg Schroeter and Marc Breitfelder, representing Germany!”

Georg Schroeter Marc Breitfelder Blues


Marc Breitfelder


World Harmonica Championchips

in Trossingen:

2nd. place  Country 

4th.  place Jazz      



John-Lennon-Talent Award:

Special Prize Marc Breitfelder



European Harp Festival in Trossingen:

1st.   place Blues    

1st.   place Jazz     

2nd.  place Country 

Honory Award  of the city Trossingen

goes to Marc Breitfelder


Artists' help of the city of Kiel "Jochen-Stephen-Kleinkunstpreis" goes to Marc Breitfelder





Deutscher Rock & Pop Preis

Blowing Instrument: 1st. Place



German Blues Award:

Best Blues Harp Player


1st. Place „German Blues Challenge" 

1st. Place „Baltic Blues Challenge" 

Audience price „German Blues Challenge"


Winner "German Blues Award" 


Best Solo/Duo
„International Blues Challenge“ Memphis 


Deutscher Rock & Pop Preis: 
Best Rhythm-&-Blues Song:   

2nd place „Little Piece Of Paper“ 
Best Rhythm-&-Blues-Band:  1st. Place



Winner „German Blues Award“


Georg Schroeter



Deutscher Rock & Pop Preis: 

Best Rhythm'n'Blues Singer:  1st.   Place

Best Keyboarder:                  2nd. Place


German Blues Award:

Best Blues Pianist


German Blues Award:

Best Blues Pianist

Awards and Challenges


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