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Göteborgs Konserthus Polar Star Prize Final

Endless excitement with the Nordic’s foremost young musicians and 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-wracking afternoon in Gothenburg Concert Hall when the four finalists, the Nordic region’s foremost young soloists aged 14-18, perform with the Gothenburg Symphony and compete for the Polstjärnepriset (the polar start prize). After three rounds of competition, we will get an answer to the question – who will be this year’s winner?

In 2023, the Polstjärnepriset will be held for the first time as a Nordic Edition for young musicians from all over the Nordics and will become a prestigious international competition – will the winner come from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden?

Polstjärnepriset is more than a competition. During the autumn holidays, over 70 competition and course participants gather in Vänersborg to play together in ensembles and orchestras and refine the solo repertoire together with musicians from, among others, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra as well as professors and pedagogues from music colleges and talent centers in Sweden and the rest of Europe. The next time everyone will meet again in Vänersborg is the 1st week of January. Then the focus is on the competition moments but also on preparations for the Polstjärnepriset’s festival concerts in Vänersborg, Gothenburg and Oslo.

In Gothenburg, the young musicians play Brahms’s Fourth Symphony side by side with the Gothenburg Symphony as a festive prelude to the award ceremony when the winner will finally be crowned.


Finalister to be announced 40 min

Lynn Doolallynastics (a brief torture for solo trombone) 5 min

Intermission 25 min

Brahms movment 4 from Symphony No 4 10 min

Tal Award Ceremoony


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.

Delyana Lazarova conductor

Polstjärneprisets Symfoniorkester orkester

Andreas P Hansson conductor

Arna Einarsdottir presenter

Lukas Flink trombon. vinnare av polstjärnepriset 2022

Finalist nr. 1 soloist

Finalist nr. 2 soloist

Finalist nr. 3 soloist

Finalist nr. 4 soloist

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