Polstjärnepriset (Polar Star Prize)

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Polstjärnepriset Göteborg - Vänersborg - Stockholm, Sweden
Brass instruments | Trombone | Trumpet | Tuba | Strings | Plucked strings | Harp | Symphonic strings | Cello | Double bass | Viola | Violin | Woodwind Instruments | Bassoon | Clarinet | Flute | Oboe | Saxophone

The main aim of Polstjärnepriset is to contribute to the musical development of young talented musicians in Sweden. A traditional competition set up is therefore complemented by private lessons, masterclasses, chamber music lessons and section and orchestra rehearsals. Every aspect contributes to the participants’ musical development and prepares them for performances at public events. The musical work is complemented by lectures, workshops and social events, such as attending concerts.

The competition has been held in Vänersborg every year since 2007. For the 2023 edition, young musicians from all Nordic countries are eligible for the competition.



Nationellt centrum för musiktalanger (based in Vänersborg, Sweden)


The participants should be aged from 14 to 18 years old.
The competition has three rounds (the final round with the accompaniment of Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra).


Every year




The following information are needed to fill out the application form:

  • First name – Last name – Date of birth (yyyy/mm/dd)
  • Address – Postcode – Postort
  • Applicant’s Email – Parent’s Email
  • Home phone – Applicant’s mobile number – Parent’s mobile number
  • School – Place of education (autumn 2019) – Instrument – Instrumental teacher
  • Contest entry (3) – composer, work, movement, number of minutes
  • Recording contribution (2) – composer, work, movement
  • Brief presentation of applicants. Max 300 characters including spaces.
  • Contact information on local media in your home location (daily newspaper, free local newspaper, local radio, school newspaper, municipal information secretary, etc.)

Recording: The participant should send an audio or video file that has been recorded.

Send the recording and note material to: polstjarnepriset@vanersborg.se 


For the 2023 edition, young musicians from all Nordic countries are eligible for the competition. Eligible for the competition are musicians born 2004-2008, playing one of the standard classical orchestral instruments including piano. Organ, guitar, accordion and percussion are excluded from the competition. The jury selects the competition participants from all over the nordics, ensuring a wide national diversity of candidates.

Polstjärnepriset is divided into two periods, November 3-6 2022 and January 1-6 2023. The semi-final takes place on 3 January in Vänersborg. The final will be held on 5 January at Gothenburg concert hall. (Göteborgs Konserthus).

During the Polstjärnepriset period in November, the competition focuses on development, inspiration and preparation. The musicians will get individual lessons and have the chance to play together with the other participants. Most participants also perform during the festival concerts in Vänersborg.

During the first week of January, from the first round, eight participants will be chosen for the semi-finals, which are held as a public concert in Vänersborg. All participants who do not progress to the semi-finals receive feedback and lessons from the jury. They also continue to play in ensembles and orchestras in the Polstjärnepriset course, participating in performances and the Polstjärnepriset concerts during the Polstjärnepriset Festival in Vänersborg, Gothenburg and a capital in the Nordic countries. At the semi-final, the jury selects four finalists who will play their final performance at the Gothenburg Concert Hall together with Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. At the final, the jury chooses the winner and nominates the other prize-winners.

On January 6, the winner will be introduced at the Polstjärnepriset Festival.


First Prize50 000 SEK

Second Prize – 10 000 SEK

Third Prize – 5 000 SEK

Forth Prize – 5 000 SEK

All taxes are paid by the price-winners.

The winner of the competition is also offered:

  • a performance within the framework of the Polstjärnefestivalen in one of our Nordic capitals
  • an appearance at the Baltic Sea Festival 2023
  • to perform a complete concert programme together with friends as the winner of Polstjärnepriset in Vänersborg, 5 November 2023


Visit original competition page www.vanersborg.se/polstjarnepriset

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