The 28-year-old violinist and student at KMH Charlotta Grahn Wetter is the 2016 recipient of the Jan Wallander Prize. For a long time she will now be able to perform on a first-class violin, made by John Florenus Guidantus in Bologna in 1731.
The Jan Wallander Prize was instituted by Handelsbanken in cooperation with KMH. It was awarded for the seventh time.
The Jan Wallander Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding student at one of the institutions for higher music education in Sweden. In addition to the honor prize winner gets the opportunity to for a long time using an instrument of extremely high quality, which adds to the growing collection Handelsbanken Classic Instruments.
The prize is named from Handelsbanken's former CEO and chairman, now its honorary chairman, Jan Wallander.
Charlotta Grahn Wetter received his prize instruments from Princess Christina Mrs. Magnuson's hand at a ceremony on March 17 at Musikaliska in Stockholm. The international jury consisted of the two violinists Professor Marianne Thorsen (Royal Academy of Music in London / Norwegian University of Science University of Trondheim) and Professor Serguei Azizian (Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen), together with Cecilia Rydinger Alin, Vice-Chancellor of KMH.
In its citation the jury says:
2016 laureate possesses a very beautiful tone with luster and intensity of the sound. The musicality and expression of our laureate creates a rare concentration and touches her audience deeply.
– It's glorious good! It is a great privilege to win this award, says Charlotta Grahn Wetter.
– Our instruments are our tools, continues Charlotta. They both make it easier for us and challenge us in our music making, and in the search for each one's personal tone and expression. Better instruments open up for more musical possibilities, much like getting more colours on one's palette. So I hope that this violin will give me more freedom in my music making!
– Everything feels easier and more comfortable with this instrument, but I have so far only "scratched the surface". It is an old instrument, but a completely new acquaintance for me, so now I'll try to make it to the center and explore all the nuances and characteristics. I have a feeling that there is much to find out! Then it must be mentioned that it is also an incredibly beautiful instrument.
Charlotta Grahn Wetter comes from Gothenburg where she started playing violin by the Suzuki method at age four. She has previously studied for Lars Kvensler and David Bergström of the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra, as well as for Gunnar Crantz and Peter Herrestahl. Charlotta studied ger bachelor's and master's programme for Professor Henryk Kowalski at KMHm where she has since the autumn term 2015 continued on a 2-year advanced programme in interpretation.
In November 2014 Charlotta appeared as a soloist in Karol Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the KMH Symphony Orchestra and conductor Fredrik Burstedt. In autumn 2015 she was a semifinalist in Ljunggrenska competition for young musicians and then a soloist in Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in the Spira Concert Hall along with the Jönköping Symphony Orchestra Association. As an orchestral and chamber musician Charlotta has appeared in many different contexts, including Askanäs Concert, Skägga Music Days, Sweden's Young Chamber Soloists, Vadstena Academy, Musica Vitae, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal Opera Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc.
She has participated in master classes with Ulf Wallin, Henning Kraggerud, Boris Brovtsyn, Christian Svarfvar, Federico Agostini, Mark Messenger, Alena Baeva, and in chamber music ensembles of Martin Fröst, Kungsbacka Piano Trio, Paul Roberts, Stefan Bojsten, Mats Zetterqvist and Torleif Thedéen.
Charlotta has been awarded scholarships from, among others Freemasons' Anniversary Fund, the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, the Willinska Foundation, the Kempe-Carlgren Foundation, the Carl Erik Levin Foundation and Mr and Mrs Lindqvist's endowment fund.
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Vignette Photo: Charlotta Grahn Wetter receive this year's prize instrument, a violin built in 1731 by John Florenus Giudantus. (Photo: Stefan Nilsson).