Polstjärnepriset was established in 2007 by the municipality of Vänersborg as an annual competition for Sweden’s best young classical musicians. Over the years, Polstjärnepriset has evolved into more than a competition – the purpose of Polstjärnepriset is to recognise young talents who play classical music and help them in their continued musical development. The competition element is complemented by teaching and seminars as well as orchestral and ensemble playing where all participants also get the chance to play and perform together.

All photos below: Olle Gustafsson


Polstjärnepriset summer highlights

Photo credits: Magnus Skrede What a fantastic summer it has been for Polstjärnepriset, with one highlight after another. Cellist Inez Karlsson, winner of Polstjärnepriset 2023, played at Slottsskogen together with…

Polstjärnepriset Symphony Orchestra’s succes at Baltic Sea Festival with Esa-Pekka Salonen

On 26 August, Polstjärnepriset Symphony Orchestra gave a fantastic concert in an almost sold-out Berwaldhallen, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Marco Crispo. The programme included Brahms 4th Symphony, Grieg and…

Polstjärnepriset Symphony Orchestra meets Valdres sommersymfoni

This month, the orchestra takes a trip abroad! We’re very happy to work together 23-28 June with the Valdres International Academy for Strings for young musicians in Valdres, Norway. Meanwhile,…

Inez Karlsson and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra perform at the National Day concert

On the Swedish National Day, 6 June 2023, you can enjoy festive music for young and old. The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra will take place in Slottsskogen to celebrate the 402nd…

Apply for Polstjärnepriset 2024: competition and course

Do you want to become one of Polstjärnepriset’s stars?️ Now is the time to apply to Polstjärnepriset 2024! Both the course and the competition will take place in two parts, in…

Polstjärnepriset Symphony Orchestra gives a concert at the Baltic Sea Festival: Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts!

Would you like to join us? We play Brahms Symphony No. 4, among other things. It is not too late to apply to join the orchestra – you can do…