Victoria Stjerna got 2017 years, Jan Wallander Price

By on April 3, 2017

The 24-year-old violinist and student at the Royal College of Music (KMH) Victoria Stjerna is 2017 winner of the Jan Wallander Prize. For a long time she will now use a first-class violin, made by Michele Deconet in Venice 1750.

Jan Wallander Prize was instituted by Handelsbanken in collaboration with the Royal College of Music, and is awarded annually to an outstanding student at one of the music schools in Sweden. In addition to the honor the laureate gets the opportunity to for a long time using an instrument of extremely high quality, which added to the collection Handelsbanken Classic Instruments.

The prize has been given the name of Handelsbanken’s former CEO and chairman, Jan Wallander.

Victoria Stjerna received her prize instrument by deputy rector of the Royal College of Music professor Staffan Scheja at a ceremony March 30 in the newly opened Royal Hall at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. The international jury consisted this year of the two violinists Elina Vähälä (including the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe) and Olivier Charlier (Conservatory of Music in Paris), and professor Staffan Scheja.

In their prize motivation the jury says:

This year’s winner of Jan Wallander Prize is a violinist with a strong musical and personal charisma. With superb technique and warm sound permeated her interpretations of great artistry.

– It feels fantastic, I am very happy! It feels like a very great honor to receive the prize, says Victoria Stjerna.

– The violin is absolutely wonderful, continues Victoria. It has a deep – but with a very warm sound. That sounds really great outward – it feels great to play on, the instrument responds instantly!

The next few years participates Victoria in several competitions in Sweden, and participates as a semifinalist in the televised contest Virtuoso soloist in Hungary. She will also play as a finalist in the largest chamber music competition “Ung o Lovande” with “Duo Vina”, together with the KMH student and pianist Natalia Kremska.

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