Polstjärnepriset 2024 Part 1 – Competition and Course in Vänersborg

From 2 to 5 November, the first part of the Polstjärnepriset competition and course unfolded in Vänersborg. Talented young musicians from across the country and the Nordic region came together in the city, both participants gearing up for the January competition and those engaged in the course.

The days were fully packed with a diverse range of lessons, both individual and group sessions. The agenda included sessions of chamber music and orchestral performances, with some participants even trying their hand at conducting during the conducting lessons.

Saturday marked the commencement of the Polstjärnepriset Autumn Festival with the first two of three scheduled concerts. Both competition and course participants showcased their musical skills as soloists and in various chamber music ensembles. Festsalen in Folkets Hus resonated with the harmonies created by the musicians, their families, and citizens of Vänersborg. The audience was treated to compositions by Schumann, Beethoven, Debussy, Schubert, and others.

Sunday unfolded the much-anticipated Winner Concert, featuring last year’s Polstjärnepriset winner, Inez Karlsson. In captivating performances, she showcased her musical talents through solo pieces, duets, and collaborations with the other musicians. The evening ended with an enchanting rendition of Kol Nidrei by Bruch, featuring members of the Polstjärnepriset Orchestra and conducted by Andreas Patrik Hansson.

A heartfelt thank you to all the musicians, teachers, and crew members who made this initial segment of Polstjärnepriset an incredible success. We’re looking very much forward to reunite in January!