The Jan Wallander prize 2019

Handelsbanken and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH), welcomes applications for the Jan Wallander Prize! 

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.

The very finest instruments are exclusive works of handicraft art, while the same time being exquisite working items – and there are only a limited number of them. Therefore, the likelihood of a young, very talented music student being able to play one of the very finest instruments is tiny.

For this reason, Handelsbanken has founded a prize in co-operation with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm – the Jan Wallander Prize. The prize winner is chosen by an international jury and will have the loan of an exceedingly high-class instrument.

The prize is awarded in mid March every year, and the 2019 award ceremony take place on 28 March.

The following is to be enclosed with all applications:

  • a birth certificate or equivalent (personbevis)
  • a letter/certificate confirming that the applicant is a student as specified above
  • a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current main instrument tutor
  • a film (audio and video) in which the applicant performs both a movement from a Classical sonata and a movement from a concerto or a virtuoso work. The combined playing time should not exceed 20 minutes.

The jury consists of Professor Réka Szilvay (Sibelius academy) , Professor Ulf Wallin (Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin)
and Professor and Pro Vice-Chancellor Staffan Scheja (Royal College of Music in Stockholm).
Read more about the jury here.

To be valid, applications must be complete when submitted. If there are any questions, please contact:
Per Sjöberg, administrator, +46 (0)8-16 19 60,

Applications for the Jan Wallander prize 2019 must be submitted to by Friday January 12th 2017, at the latest.

Download application here: JW Application for 2019.