Competitors 2023

The Polstjärnepriset – Nordic Edition is the only soloist competition in classical music with contestants aged 14-18 from all Nordic countries. National juries in each country have selected the following young soloist´s from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden for the competition.

At the bottom of the page you will find the national juries.

Photos: Olle Gustafsson


Alana Hjort – Violin

Københavns Musikskole

I got my first violin when I was 4 years old and I have been a student of Alexandre Zapolski since I was 8. In 2020 I received Jacob Gade’s talent prize and am now playing on a beautiful violin from the Augustinus Foundation. Throughout the years I have been playing and living my way into the wonderful universe of classical music, my joy of performing has been intact. My dream is to become a professional violinist.  

Alana Hjort Polstjärnepriset 2023

Selma Christensen Teilmann – Violin

Københavns musikskole

I was born into a musical family, so it was somewhat in the cards for me to play an instrument. When I was five years old, I started playing the violin and I quickly became very fond of it. When I finish high school, it’s my intention to apply to the conservatory. The Polstjärnepriset competition will be the first competition I am participating in outside of Denmark. 

Selma Christensen Terilmann Polstjärnepriset 2023

Sufiya Ainan Taufik – Violin

MGK København, Danmark

When I was 4 years old, I started my violin studies at the Danish Suzuki Institute. These days, I study with Alexandre Zapolski. Classical music is my great passion and my dream is to continue my studies at the Music Conservatory. I play in orchestras, with Zapolski Strings and also Zapolski Piano Quintet. In my spare time I love to draw and watch movies. 

Sufiya Ainan Taufik Polstjärnepriset 2023

Valdemar Wenzel Most – Piano

MGK Hovedstaden – Københavns Musikskole

I started playing the piano at age 4. It was love at first sight! Later I have played the cello, I have sung in the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir and I have performed as one of the three boys in Mozarts Magic Flute at the Royal Danish Opera. I believe that all these experiences has made me the musician I am today. 

Valdermar Wenxel Most Polstjärnepriset 2023


Ilona Liiman – Piano

Sibelius Junior Academy, Helsinki

I started playing the piano at age of 6. In 2017 I began my studies in the Sibelius Academy youth department with Niklas Pokki. I have performed as a soloist with orchestras in Finland, such as FRSO and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. I have received piano competition prizes in Finland and Estonia. Besides solo repertoire I enjoy performing chamber music. I aspire to be a professional musician in the future.

Ilona Liiman Polstjärnepriset 2023

Jino Pieviläinen – Clarinet

Sibelius Junior Academy, Helsinki

I started to play the clarinet at the age of 9 at Kainuun Musiikkiopisto. I chose clarinet as my instrument because my school’s music teacher suggested clarinet for me. I have studied with Markku Korhonen and in August 2022 I will start studying in Sibelius Academy.  I like especially to play in symphony orchestras and different kinds of chamber music. 

Jino Pieviläinen Polstjärnepriset 2023

Maxim Larionov – Violin

Sibelius Junior Academy, Helsinki

I was born into a family of musicians and started playing the piano at the age of 4. But I dreamt of playing the violin because it could produce very high notes!  I got my first violin when I was five, I loved practicing and progressed quickly and after two years of studying I got to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. I also enjoy composing classical and electronic music.

Maxim Larionov Polstjärnepriset 2023

Pekko Aakko – Bassoon

Helsinki Conservatory of Music and in the youth department of Mannheim university of music and performing arts.

My main instrument is bassoon but I also play the piano. I grew up in a family of musicians and have always loved performing. I started playing the bassoon at 13 years, since I wanted to play in an orchestra and my mother’s colleague offered me lessons. In my opinion, the warmth of the bassoon suits me quite well. 

Pekko Aakko Polstjärnepriset 2023

Saima Malmivaara – Cello

Sibelius Junior Academy, Helsinki

Music has always been a huge part of my life. My parents are both musicians, so it was natural for me to play something as well. Now we have a family piano trio. Cello wasn’t really chosen by me, but it has always felt right. I really adore the deep and majestetic sound of it. Sharing music with other people is very important to me and that’s why I enjoy playing chamber music as well as solo. 

Saima Malmivaara Polstjärnepriset 2023


Matthildur Traustadóttir – Violin

Menntaskóli í Tónlist, Reykjavík

I started playing the violin at the age of seven. Right from the beginning I was in love with my violin. Playing the violin requires so much work but I enjoy every minute. I love being able to use my creativity and I never close my mind to new possibilities or ideas that may come to my mind later. 


Amanda Noor Vatn – Violin

Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt/ Edvard Munch Videregående skole, Oslo

I began playing the violin aged five and I’m currently enrolled in the Young Talents programme at Barratt Due Institute of Music. I was an active member of The Norwegian Girls Choir and Kids in Jazz until recently and am a co-founder of the jazz-quintet “The Swams”. I have an old and really good Hardanger fiddle and I really enjoy the Norwegian traditional style of playing.

Amanda Noor Polstjärnepriset 2023

Bjørg Pas – Violin

Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt, Oslo

I started playing the violin when I was 4 and at the age of 8 I was included in Barratt Due’s talent development programme Young Talents. I play in my own quartet, Quartet Sostenuto and I am also a composer. I am currently a borrower of a G. B. Guadagnini 1773 Turin violin. To gift people with music is one of the best gifts you can give. 

Clara Yuna Friedensburg – Cello

Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt, Oslo

I love the sound of the cello. For me, the cello is the instrument that most closely resembles the human voice, from a rich bass to a bright soprano. If I can make the audience feel the cooperation between that voice and my interpretation of the music, then I would be very happy and feel that I have achieved my goal as a musician.

Sophia Mina Friedensburg – Piano

Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt, Oslo

With a mother who’s a pianist, I grew up with music around me from a young age and could never imagine playing another instrument. To me, the piano is undoubtedly the instrument that has it all. It provides all the basics of music; melody, rhythm and harmony. 

Sophia Mina Friedensburg Polstjärnepriset 2023

Torje Råbu – Violin

Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt, Oslo

I am 16 years old and come from Oslo. I am part of the Young Talent programme at Barratt Due Institute of Music. I play in an orchestra, JORK, and in Quartet Saphir. I have composed music since I started to play. I now play a violin made by Christian Bayon, owned by Dextra Musica. 

Torje Råbu Polstjärnepriset 2023


Daniel Iourtchik – Violin

Private, Växjö

I started playing the violin when I was about 5 and a half years old. Both my parents are professional musicians, my father a violinist and my mother a flutist and church musician. My older brother also plays the violin, so it was natural for me to start as well. I love playing the violin and classical music and I want to become a professional musician in the future.

Daniel Lourchik Polstjärnepriset 2023

Elias Xie – Piano

Nordiska Musikgymnasiet, Stockholm

Classical music has been part of my life ever since I could remember and growing up in a non-musical family has always been challenging but extra fun and exciting. For me, competing in a competition is not only against the other participants but yourself as well, because music is what we have in common.  

Elias Xie Polstjärnepriset 2023

Emma Lörstad – Flute

Private, Stockholm

I started playing the flute at the age of 5 and I have loved it ever since! I come from a family of musicians so I have been brought up in the world of classical music. I love playing in orchestra, playing chamber music and solo pieces with family and fellow musicians! Apart from playing the flute I love long distance running, cycling, hiking, skiing and reading a good book.  

Emma Lörstad Polstjärnepriset 2023

Inez Karlsson – Cello

Royal College of Music Junior Department, London

I have played the cello since I was 6 years old. At the moment I study with Michal Kaznowski at the Royal College of Music in London.  I often rehearse with my sister, who plays the violin. I love to perform, both as a soloist and in ensembles. I enjoy playing the cello so much because of its likeness to a human voice and the variety of warm colours it can create, and the way it connects to other instruments. 

Jānis Vītols – Flute

Lilla Akademien, Stockholm

My philosophy is that if you live in the waves and feelings of music when playing and combine that with great technique, you can truly play anything.  Music is my everything, my profession, my hobby, something I do for fun and my lifestyle. It all started with me trying to play my mom’s piano at six years old, then trying the flute at nine and shooting for the stars ever since.

Jānis Vītols Polstjärnepriset 2023

Philip Engström – Cello

Birger Sjöberggymnasiet, Vänersborg

I started playing the cello when I was very young. I come from a musical family and I can really imagine myself working full time as a musician, as a profession. My latest education that I have been attending is MUV (musician’s high school) at Birger Sjöberggymnasiet and it has been the best time of my life. I love playing the cello and studying for my teacher Jakob Koranyi. I’m reaching for the goal, and believe, that my next level is the university and beyond.

Philip Engström Polstjärnepriset 2023

Sara Hagman – Violin

Private and YOMA-Young Musicians Academy, Vänersborg

I grew up with classical music. My mother is a violin teacher and my father is a violinist, so playing the violin came natural for me. At the NCM/YOMA courses I get lots of inspiration from fantastic teachers and students. I love to perform, and playing together with others makes me very happy. 

Selma Sköld – Cello

Lilla Akademiens musikgymnasium, Stockholm

I started playing the cello when I was five. I grew up with classical music around me, since I was a small child, because everyone in my family is a musician. I am a student at Lilla Akademiens Musikskola, studying for Jakob Koranyi, in Stockholm. The school has been giving me good opportunities for development, as a cellist and as a person, and I have also discovered the joy of playing together with others.

Selma Sköld Polstjärnepriset 2023

Vigovajk Sagvik – Cello

Lilla Akademien, Stockholm

I am a cellist and a composer. Around the age of 15 I had a huge discovery in music. I stumbled upon a new type of music which I had never heard before and it led me to discover composers like Ligeti, Penderecki and many more. I became obsessed with contemporary music. Which gave birth to my compositions and inspired me as well as my cello playing. 

National juries


Christian Vinter – Winds

Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium

Niklas Sivelöv – Piano

Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium

Line Fredens – Strings

Det Kongelige Danske Musikkonservatorium


Asko Heiskanen – Winds

Sibelius-Akatemia, Helsinki

Teppo Koivisto – Piano

Sibelius-Akatemia, Helsinki

Pekka Kauppinen – Strings

Sibelius-Akatemia, Helsinki


Sibbi Bernhardsson – Strings

Harpa International Music Academy, Reykjavík


Anne K Hauge – Winds

Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo

Jorunn Marie Bratlie – Piano

Norges Musikkhøgskole, Oslo

Per Gisle Haagenrud – Strings

Barratt Due Musikkinstitutt, Bergen


Ingemar Roos – Winds

Previously Högskolan för scen och musik, Göteborg

Anna Christensson – Piano

Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Stockholm

Ola Karlsson – Strings

Previously Kungliga Musikhögskolan, Stockholm