The Jan Wallander Prize

Fred Lindberg, cellist and student at KMH is the recipient of this year’s Jan Wallander Prize. Photo: Jesper Kassling

25-year-old Fred Lindberg, cellist and student at KMH, has been named the 2020 recipient of the Jan Wallander Prize. Now he can for a long time use a cello built 1741 in Naples by the famous instrument maker Gennaro Gagliano.

Prize citation:

With dazzling virtuosity and imaginative interpretation, cellist Fred Lindberg is the winner of the Jan Wallander Prize 2020.

Award ceremony

The award ceremony 2020 is postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, date to be announced later.

The 2021 award is cancelled.

The Jan Wallander Prize 2022

Application terms and application forms are published in autumn 2021. Around the spring equinox the following year, the winner will be announced at a ceremonial award ceremony at KMH.

The 2022 award instrument is a violin from ca 1800.

Former winners of the Jan Wallander Prize

The prize was awarded for the first time in 2010 to Daniel Migdal, since then it has been awarded:

  • 2019 – Carl Vallin
  • 2018 – Julia Biegniewska
  • 2017 – Victoria Stjerna
  • 2016 – Charlotta Grahn Wetter
  • 2015 – Josef Karnebäck
  • 2014 – Joel Lyssarides
  • 2013 – Tomas Lundström
  • 2012 – Sofia Hansen
  • 2011 – Oscar Treitler

More about the prize

The Jan Wallander Prize is awarded each year to a distinguished student at one of the music colleges in Sweden. The award was established by Handelsbanken in collaboration with KMH. In addition to the honour, the prize-winner will have the opportunity to use an instrument of extremely high class for an extended period of time.

A musician expresses himself through his instrument. By using a first-class instrument, a musician can reach further in his creative interpration – the instrument responsively responds to the finest impulses and contributes with his sonic beauty to the richness of the expression.

Through the Jan Wallander Prize, we hope to give more young people the opportunity to use and use a first-class instrument for a longer period. The award has received its name from Handelsbanken's former CEO and chairman, Jan Wallander. The instruments available to the winners are included in the Handelsbanken Classic Instruments collection.