The 2019 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize
The 2019 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize consists of:
Staffan Scheja is Vice-Chancellor and professor of piano at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm.
Staffan Scheja made his debut as pianist at fourteen with conductor Herbert Blomstedt and the Swedish Radio Orchestra. After studies for Prof. Gunnar Hallhagen at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, he was accepted to the Juilliard School in New York, studying with Rosina Lhevinne, Ilona Kabos and Ania Dorfmann.
In 1975 he received the highest prize in the Busoni International Competition. Since then he has given concerts all over the world with conductors such as sir Simon Rattle, David Zinman, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Sixten Ehrling, Okko Kamu and with orchestras such as the Munich Philharmonic, the French Radio Orchestra in Paris, the NHK in Tokyo, the English Chamber Orchestra and with all the major Scandinavian orchestras.
He has made numerous recordings with EMI, BIS, Vanguard and LCM and has received two Swedish Grammy Awards.
In 1995 Staffan Scheja received the Royal medal ”Litteris et Artibus” for prominent artistic achievements.
Staffan Scheja is a frequent adjudicator in competitions such as Queen Elisabeth, Sendai, Clara Haskil and Stanislav Neuhaus.
He is the founder and artistic director of the Gotland Chamber Music Festival on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea and resides in Stockholm.
He is also vice chairman of the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden.
Réka Szilvay has performed as soloist and chamber musician all over Europe, Asia, South America and the USA. She appeared as soloist with all major Finnish orchestras and renowned international orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra St. Petersburg, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg in the most prestigious concert halls, including Musikverein Wien, Grosses Festspielhaus Salzburg, Tokyo Suntory Hall, National Concert Hall Taipei, Symphony Hall Birmingham, London Barbican Concert Hall, Kölner Philharmonie and Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. As a chamber musician she has performed in Konzerthaus Wien, Carnegie Hall New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Cité de la Musique Paris, Megaron Concert Hall Athen and Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels.
Her debut CD “The 7 Seasons” (Warner Records) received enthusiastic reviews and response, and her recital record “The Roaring Twenties” (Alba Records) was similarly praised by the international media.
In 2006 Réka Szilvay was appointed as Professor of Violin at the Sibelius Academy Helsinki.
Ulf Wallin is an internationally established violinist. He studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at the University of Music and Dancing Art in Vienna.
He performs as a soloist and as a chamber musician and his field of work extends through Europe, Asia and the United States. Ulf Wallin regularly performs in Berlin Philharmonie, La Scala in Milan, Wiener Musikverein and Theatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. He has played at major international festivals such as the Berliner Festwochen, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the International Festival in Lucerne, Schubertiade in Schwarzenberg, Music Festival in Mondsee and the Marlboro Music Festival.
The contemporary music is an important part of Ulf Wallin’s artistry, and he has collaborated with composers like Anders Eliasson, Alfred Schnittke and Rodion Shchedrin. His music repertoire spans from Bach to Ligeti. His emphasis is, however, the romantic repertoire and II. Wiener Schule.
Since 1996 he is Professor at Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin.Ulf Wallin regularly appears on radio and television and on over 40 CD recordings for the labels BIS, Cpo, EMI and BMG.
He has received a large number of prices. In 2013 he received the prestigious Robert Schumann Prize from Zwickau City and in 2014 he was elected as a member of the Royal Academy of Music.