KMH's master students in classical music Magnus Holmander (clarinet) and Irina Serotiuk (accordion) won this year's Ung & Lovande ("Young & Promising") in Västerås.
The jury's motivation reads: "With glowing artistry and natural stage presence, superb interplay and technical brilliance, the musicians invite the listener to a unique world of sounds."
"Ung & Lovande" is both a competition and a career launch. As winners, the duo is given the opportunity to make a national tour organized by the Västmanland Music and Music in the South.
"Ung & Lovande" is organized by the Chamber Music Association in collaboration with Västmanland Music and Music in South, supported by the study association Kulturens and the City of Västerås. The 2017 biennal is the fourteenth since its inception in 1992.
Two of the contest's other finalist ensembles consist of present or former KMH students: Duo ViNa (Victoria Stjerna, violin, and Natalia Kremska, piano) and Duo Graden/Carron (Filip Graden, cello, and Pontus Carron, piano), while the fourth finalist Duo Madara Liepina & Daumants Liepins study at the Ingesund school of music.
The jury consisted of the pianist and KMH aluma Terés Löf, Chamber Music Association's chairman Cathja Mörner, Christofer Ekströmer, producer of Västmanland music, Andreas Baur, producer of Music in South, and the "audience voice" - i.e. organizers for chamber music in the country.