SVT has selected Johanna Ander Ljung the winner of Polstjärnepriset, as the Swedish participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
Three months after winning Polstjärnepriset, Johanna Ander Ljung has been confirmed by the Swedish national broadcaster as the countries participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Stefan Forsberg, Head of the Stockholm Concert Hall and chairman of the Polstjärnepriset jury, was positive that SVT once again valued what Polstjärnepriset offers to the world of classical music in Sweden and the chance it offers aspiring young musicians.
The full results of the final of Polstjärnepriset 2018 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 was also awarded a prize of 50,000 SEK and a course at the Musikakademi Vänersborg.
Albania will make their Eurovision Young Musicians debut in this year’s contest. Seven countries will make their return to the contest. These are Belgium (last participated in 2006), Estonia (2004), Greece (2014), Israel (1986), Russia (2010), Spain (2002) and the host nation, the United Kingdom (2010). Austria, who is the most successful country in the contest with five wins, will not take part for the first time since 1982.
The 2018 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians sees the return of a semi-final elimination round, which will take the form of public chamber recitals (St. Cecilia’s Hall) by all contestants on 18-19 August, with all recitals produced by BBC Radio 3 for distribution to the Euroradio network (as well as via web streaming).
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.