Johanna Andre Ljung has been named as the winner of Polstjärnepriset 2018, following last nights final in Gothenburg.
Harpist, Johanna Andre Ljung has won Polstjärnepriset 2018, beating off competition from three other talented musicians. Last night saw the final of Polstjärnepriset held in Gothenburg as each of the finalists performed alongside the city’s symphony orchestra.
The full results were as follows:
- Johanna Ander Ljung – Harp – 1st
- Angelo Lundström – Violin – 2nd
- Tekla Nilsson – Clarinet – 4th
- Josef Wijk – Oboe – 3rd
The jury commented;
With obvious musicality and elegance, the winner shows her superior mastery of the instrument’s rich dynamics and sound palette.
Johanna Andre Ljung has been awarded a prize of 50,000 SEK and a course at the Musikakademi Vänersborg. Johanna will also now have the chance to represent Sweden at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. SVT the Swedish national broadcaster has the final say on who will represent Sweden in Edinburgh.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the competition:
- United Kingdom
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will be held in Edinburgh at the Usher Hall. This is the first time since 2008 that Scotland has hosted a Eurovision event, the last being the final of the Eurovision Dance Contest. The 2018 contest will see the return of the semi-finals which will be held on August 18 and 19, with the final taking place on August 23.
Source: Sveriges Radio
What is Eurovision Young Musicians?
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.