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Göteborgs Konserthus Polar Star Prize Final

Endless excitement 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

Get ready for a nerve-racking afternoon in the Gothenburg Concert Hall when some of Sweden’s most talented young musicians and soloists perform with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Which of them will emerge as this year’s winner?!

After three competitions during the year, four young musicians aged 14-18 have been selected to take part in an exciting final of the prestigious The Polar Star Prize – both a music course and a competition. During the autumn school break, more than 70 course participants and our contestants gather in Vänersborg to perform together in ensembles and orchestras and to fine-tune their technique with musicians from the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.

A number of other artists and teachers, all with extensive international experience, are on hand to teach and coach the participants. The young musicians come from all parts of Sweden, and the contestants are aged 14-18. The next time they return to Vänersborg is during the first week of January, when focus switches to the competition and preparations for the concerts.

During the competition days it is the jury’s task to select the four finalists who will compete against each other in a final round – the nerve-racking event that will now take place in the Gothenburg Concert Hall!

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.

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