Göteborgs Konserthus Polar Star Prize Final

Event has already taken place. A thrilling experience with Sweden’s foremost young musicians and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Who will be this year’s winner?!

Concert length: 2 h 30 min incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
Free entry, bookable tickets

Event has already taken place

You’ll be on the edge of your seat this afternoon, as some of the country’s most virtuoso young soloists perform with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Which of them will emerge as this year’s winner?! The concert is also livestreamed at GSOplay.

After four competitions, four young musicians aged 14-18 have been voted to this exciting final in the prestigious Pole Star Prize: Harald Edin double bass (Styrsö), Lukas Flink trombone (Malmö), Harry Dai Liang violin (Gothenburg) and Selma Sköld cello (Enskede).

Also participating is pianist Vilhelm Moqvist, 2021 winner of the Polar Star Prize.

About the Polar Star Prize

The Polar Star Prize is both a competition and course in music. During the autumn break, more than 70 course participants and contestants travel to Vänersborg to play as one in different ensembles and orchestras and (quite literally!) fine-tune their technique with the help of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

Dozens of artists and teachers, all with extensive international experience, attend the gathering to teach and coach the participants. The young musicians hail from all over Sweden; the contestants are all between the ages of 14-18. Next time they return to Vänersborg will be the first week of January, when they will focus on competing with each other and prepare for their upcoming concerts.

During these competition days, a jury selects four finalists who will compete against each other during the eventual finals – a nerve-wracking event taking place right here, in the Gothenburg Concert Hall.

Programme

Chopin Finale from Piano Sonata No. 3

Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 mvt 1 7 min

Bottesini Concerto No 2 for Double Bass and Orchestra, mvt 1 7 min

Tomasi Trombone concerto mvt 1 8 min

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto D Major mvt 3 11 min

Intermission 25 min

V Aulin Dans la calme de nuit & Scène de bal from Tableaux Parisiens 12 min

Smyth Scherzo from Serenade in D 6 min

Hansson Fanfar till Polstjärnepriset 1 min

Participants

The Gothenburg Symphony, called "one of the world's most formidable orchestras" by the Guardian, has toured the USA, Europe, Japan and the Far East and performed at major music centres and festivals throughout the world. Chief conductor is Santtu-Matias Rouvali who started his tenure in 2017. Barbara Hannigan and Christoph Eschenbach are principal guest conductors since 2019. Already at the orchestra's very first years, the great Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar was appointed principal conductor, contributing strongly to the Nordic profile of the orchestra by inviting his colleagues Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius to conduct their own works. Subsequent holders of the post include Sergiu Comissiona, Sixten Ehrling and Charles Dutoit. During Neeme Järvi's tenure (1982-2004), the orchestra became a major international force. In 1997 it was appointed the National Orchestra of Sweden. During his celebrated tenure as music director (2007-2012), Gustavo Dudamel took the Orchestra to major music centres and festivals in Europe, making acclaimed appearances at BBC Proms and Vienna Musikverein. The list of prominent guest conductors has included Wilhelm Furtwängler, Pierre Monteux, Herbert von Karajan, Myung-Whun Chung, Herbert Blomstedt and Sir Simon Rattle. The orchestra also runs extensive concert projects for children, and regularly releases digital live concerts free on gsoplay.se. The orchestra has been involved in many prestigious recording projects, the latest one the complete Sibelius Symphonies with Santtu-Matias Rouvali for Alpha Classics. Earlier, the orchestra has issued over 100 recordings on BIS, Deutsche Grammophon, Chandos, Farao Classics and several other labels. The Gothenburg Symphony is owned by the Region Västra Götaland.

Magnus Fryklund conductor

Vilhelm Moqvist piano. vinnare av polstjärnepriset 2021

Selma Sköld cello

Harald Edin double-bass

Lukas Flink trombone

Harry Dai Liang violin

Stefan Forsberg juryordförande. vd och konserthuschef kungliga filharmonikerna

Emelie Sigelius host

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