Göteborgs Konserthus Finals of Polstjärnepriset

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Concert length: 2 h 30 min incl. intermission Scene: Stora salen
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Following three rounds, four young musicians aged 14-18 are voted through to yet another nerve-racking Polstjärnepriset final, which is also a concert.

Before the interval, the four finalists play one piece each with the Gothenburg Symphony. Last years winner Ture Herrgårdh will play a piece. After the interval, most of the young musicians who have participated in the competition play with the Symphony.

And then, the year’s winner of the prestigious award is, of course, announced, receiving 50000 SEK and a course at Musikakademi Vänersborg.

Prepare for a thrilling afternoon. Entry is free, no booking. Just come!

About the Polstjärnepriset Award

Polstjärnepriset is a music course and competition. During the autumn break, around 50 course participants and our competitors gather in Vänersborg to play together in ensembles and orchestras, and to polish their technique with coaches from the Gothenburg Symphony, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

A number of other artists and pedagogues with great international experience are also there to really get the participants going. The young musicians are from across the country, and are aged 14-18.

Following the autumn break meeting, they will come back to Vänersborg at the beginning of January, for masterclasses and auditions for the Polstjärnepriset competition. First, eight candidates are selected, and in a second round, four finalists compete against each other in a final round of auditions. And it is this final round that takes place at the Gothenburg Concert Hall.



Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 10 min

R Strauss Oboe Concerto 9 min

Crusell Introduction et air suèdois varié 10 min

Bottesini Concerto No 2 for Double Bass and Orchestra 14 min

Charlier Études No. 2 "Du Style" for solo trumpet 5 min

Intermission 25 min

Stravinsky part 1 from Le Sacre du Primtemps 16 min


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.

Rumon Gamba conductor

Ture Herrgårdh trumpet

Vilhelm Moqvist piano

Tekla Nilsson clarinet

Harald Edin double-bass

Klara Borgqvist oboe

Polstjärneprisets Symfoniorkester orkester

Andreas P Hansson dirigent

Petra Kloo Vik presenter

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