Kristin Berardi was announced winner of the 2006 Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition at the 40 th Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland touching the hearts of jurists presided over by multi Grammy award winner Al Jarreau with her relaxed approach, unique voice and excellent compositions.
Born in Koumala, Queensland, Australia in 1981 Kristin completed schooling in Mackay and continued studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University gaining an AMUS A in classical violin and a Bachelor of Music Majoring in Jazz Voice.
Since graduating Kristin has been involved in many professional productions including the Melbourne Women's International Jazz Festival (where she composed and led a 10 improvised music ensemble plus her own quartet), a live broadcast to 20,000 listeners around Australia on ABC Radio National with the “West End Composer's Collective” , “Women in Voice 13” (as a featured soloist alongside pop legend Chrissy Amphlett), the Australian premiere of Steve Reich's music for 18 musicians and has performed extensively at jazz festivals and jazz clubs throughout Australia.
As a recording artist Kristin has worked in New York with American jazz piano legend Kenny Werner and trombonist Jim Pugh, and in Australia with the Con Artists, Tony Gould, James Sherlock, geman'i, the West End Composers Collective, Kate Miller-Heidke, pty ltd, Leo McFadden and Phat Professor Funk.
As an educator Kristin has held the position of guest lecturer in jazz studies at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay for the last three years and tutors in jazz voice at the Australian National University in Canberra.
In January this year Kristin mesmerised audiences in her New York performances at the Hilton Hotel and Dizzy's at Lincoln Centre. Her recently released duo CD with master guitarist James Sherlock on the Pinnacles Music label has just received nomination for the Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album at the renowned Bell Awards. Kristin has also been nominated for the 2007 Freedman Jazz Fellowship, which provides opportunities to enhance the career of an outstanding Austalian jazz artist.
“Kristin Berardi is a very special musician whose voice has a quality of exquisite beauty. This seems to come from deep within the sound of her voice, from the soul if you like. When she sings there is no hint of the all too common 'cultivated' sound, but things which embody the best qualities in a musician, the most important apart from the obvious musical ones, being honesty and integrity.” Tony Gould (Australian Jazz Pianist)
"Upon first hearing Kristin Berardi's voice I was instantly transfixed with her beautiful natural tone, incredible sense of pitch and great feel and groove. On stage, her luminous personality shines through and endears her to her audience easily. Also a gifted composer and instrumentalist, Kristin is a true musician in every sense of the word and for that reason I believe she is one of our finest singers and is destined for great things." Katie Noonan (george, elixir )