MJF boss Claude Nobs hospitalized, prognosis awaited

Claude Nobs Montreux Jazz Festival founder – Photo MJF ©Lionel Flusin

MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND – The Foundation Board of the Montreux Jazz Festival says founder Claude Nobs is currently hospitalized and in grave condition. According to a press release sent on 7 January, Nobs, one of the most recognized names in music worldwide, is in a “state of unconsciousness” since the Christmas break.

The Montreux Jazz Festival communicates that during the Christmas holidays Claude Nobs fell while practicing cross-country skiing. As a direct consequence of this accident, Mr. Claude Nobs underwent surgery at the CHUV (Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois in Lausanne). He has remained to date in a state of unconsciousness. His condition requires further additional tests, the results of which are not known yet.

All necessary measures have been taken to currently ensure the perfect management of the Festival in accordance with a planification in place for a long time. The Secretary General of the Festival, Mathieu Jaton, assumes all of Claude Nobs’ responsibilities. The Festival shall not fail to further inform on Claude Nobs’ condition when receiving more information.

Meanwhile, there will be no further comments in order to protect the private sphere of Mr. Nobs and his close family. The entire team of the Montreux Jazz Festival wishes a full recovery to its boss.

The Montreux Jazz Festival, is the first of the big summer Swiss festivals and the second largest annual music festival in the world.