Polstjärnepriset Nordic Edition 2023

Polstjärnepriset and Polstjärnefestivalen receive special contribution from Beijerstiftelsen and Nordisk kulturfond.

Polstjärnepriset 2023

Polstjärnepriset offers you:

  • the chance to win prizes and opportunities of prestigious performances
  • valuable credentials for your resumé and your career
  • lessons, master classes and ensemble teaching by eminent educators and valuable feedback from the Polstjärnepriset jury
  • to play together with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. 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, including during the Polstjärnepriset Festival
  • to have the opportunity to meet a large audience (on site and online) and raise your profile in the press and other important compartment media
  • to raise your level further through your own competition preparations
  • to prepare for the challenges of the music profession, such as auditions and the preparations of the auditions and concerts

Eligible for the competition are musicians born 2004-2008, playing one of the standard classical orchestral instruments including piano. Organ, guitar, accordion and percussion are excluded from the competition. The jury selects the competition participants from all over the nordics, ensuring a wide national diversity of candidates.

Polstjärnepriset is divided into two periods, November 3-6 2022 and January 1-6 2023. The semi-final takes place on 3 January in Vänersborg. The final will be held on 5 January at Gothenburg concert hall. (Göteborgs Konserthus).

The content of the Polstjärnepriset course days

During the Polstjärnepriset period 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. Most participants also perform during the festival concerts in Vänersborg.

The days of the competition and the festival

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 lessons from the jury. They also continue to play in ensembles and orchestras in the Polstjärnepriset course, participating in performances and the Polstjärnepriset concerts during the Polstjärnepriset Festival in Vänersborg, Gothenburg and a capital in the Nordic countries.

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 nominates the other prize-winners.

On January 6, we’ll present the Polstjärnepriset Festival, and introduce the winner in a capital in the Nordic region.  The choice of city will be decided after the summer vacation of 2022. After the competition, you will make your own arrangements to travel home.

At the end of August 2023, all the Polstjärnepriset participants including the winner meet up in Stockholm, to perform at the Baltic Sea Festival (Östersjöfestivalen), one of the largest festivals in the Nordic region.

Polstjärnepriset prizes

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 the contribution to the competition.

All taxes are paid by the price-winners.

The winner of the competition is also offered:

  • a performance within the framework of the Polstjärnefestivalen in one of our Nordic capitals
  • an appearance at the Baltic Sea Festival 2023
  • to perform a complete concert programme together with friends as the winner of Polstjärnepriset in Vänersborg, 5 November 2023

Winner of Polstjärnepriset

  • 2007 – Tatiana Gachkova, violin
  • 2008 – Linn Persson, saxofon
  • 2009 – Mattias Hanskov Palm, kontrabas
  • 2010 – Daina Mateikaite, violin
  • 2011/2012 – Ava Bahari, violin
  • 2013 – Filip Graden, cello
  • 2014 – Albin Uusijärvi, viola
  • 2015 – Eliot Nordqvist, piano
  • 2016 – Daniel Thorell, cello
  • 2017 – Alva Holm, violin
  • 2018 – Johanna Ander Ljung, harpa
  • 2019 – Ture Herrgårdh, trumpet
  • 2020 – Tekla Nilsson, klarinett
  • 2021 – Vilhelm Moqvist, piano
  • 2022 – Lukas Flink, trombon