Polstjärnepriset 2024

Here you’ll find information about Polstjärnepriset 2024 – the Competition (application is closed). Here you’ll find important dates. Also take a look at the program for Polstjärnepriset 2023 to get an idea about participating in the competition. Do you want to know more about the course? Information can be found here.

Polstjärnepriset 2024 – the Competition

Polstjärnepriset offers you:

  • the chance to win price money and opportunities of prestigious performances
  • valuable credentials for your resume and your career
  • lessons, master classes and ensemble playing by eminent educators and valuable feedback from the Polstjärnepriset jury
  • to play together with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, and if you reach the final you will be accompanied by the orchestra
  • to play, develop and perform together with 80 of the Nordic region’s foremost young musicians
  • to have the opportunity to meet a large audience (on site and online) and develop your profile in the press
  • to raise your level further through your own competition preparations
  • to prepare you for the challenges of the music profession, such as auditions and concerts

Eligible for the competition are musicians born 2005-2009, playing one of the standard classical orchestral instruments including piano. Organ, guitar, accordion and percussion are excluded from the competition.

Polstjärnepriset is divided into two periods, part 1: 2-5 November 2023 and part 2: 1-5 January 2024. The semi-final takes place on 3 January in Vänersborg. The final will be held on 5 January at Gothenburg Concert Hall (Göteborgs Konserthus).

Polstjärnepriset part 1

During Polstjärnepriset part 1, in November, we focus on development, inspiration and preparation. You’ll get individual lessons and have the chance to play together with the other participants, both from the course and the competition. Most participants also perform during concerts in Vänersborg.

Polstjärnepriset part 2

During the first week of January, as a participant in the competition, you’ll play your first round for the Polstjärnepriset jury. From the first round, eight participants will be chosen for the semi-finals, which are held as a public concert in Vänersborg. All participants who do not progress to the semi-finals receive feedback and classes from the jury. They also continue to play in ensembles and orchestras, participating in the Polstjärnepriset concerts in Vänersborg, Gothenburg and a later to be announced city.

At the semi-final, the jury selects four finalists who’ll play their final performance at the Gothenburg Concert Hall together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. At the final, the jury chooses the winner and announces the other prize-winners.

Prizes, benefits and awards

The winning prizes donated by Intea Vänerparken AB are as follows

1st prize – 50 000 SEK
2nd prize – 10 000 SEK
3rd prize – 5 000 SEK
4th prize – 5 000 SEK

Thanks to Intea Vänerparken Vänersborg for their contribution to the competition.

Possible taxes are paid by the price-winners.

The winner of the competition is also offered:

  • a performance as soloist with a short piece with for example the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra or the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra somewhere before the next competition
  • to perform a complete concert programme together with friends in Vänersborg in November 2024

Polstjärnepriset and Polstjärnefestivalen receive special contribution from Beijerstiftelsen.


The application deadline of the competition has passed. Here you’ll find important dates.