Julia Biegniewska – winner 2018
Julia Biegniewska was born in Norrköping. She currently attends the master programme in classical music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH), with Andrej Power as her principal teacher. She began playing violin at the age of four for her father Kryspin Biegniewski, violinist in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, and continued during secondary school for Päivikki Wirkkala-Malmqvist. Then followed studies at the Music School of Malmö for professor Marika Fältskog and at Ignacy Padarewski Academy of Music in Poznan. One year ago she won the audition to the RSPO Academy, the orchestra academy at The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm. She has also attended master classes for internationally renowned teachers like Dora Schwarzberg, Henryk Kowalski and Alf Richard Kraggerud.
Julia has several times performed as a soloist, including with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and with the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra. She was the runner-up in “Swedish Mastership for Young Soloists” in Västerås 2009, and in 2014 and 2015 she was the principal violinist (concert-master) of the Nordic Youth Orchestra. This year she was elected to the same position in the ESTA International Chamber Orchestra, which recently performed for the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The winner of the 2018 Jan Wallander Prize is a fiery, extrovert violinist who also has a rich tonal range and brilliant virtuosity.
Handelsbanken has established a music prize in collaboration with the Royal College of Music
This is the Jan Wallander Prize, which is awarded annually to one of Sweden’s leading music students at one of the country’s music colleges. In addition to the honour, the award winner will be able to use an exceedingly high-class instrument for a number of years.
Musicians express themselves through their instruments. First class instruments mean that musicians can hone their expressive skills – the instrument responds sensitively to the finest impulses and, with the beauty of its tone, contributes to the richness of expression.
Through the Jan Wallander Prize we hope to give more young people the opportunity to use and make the most of a first class instrument for a number of years. The prize winner will be chosen by an international jury.