The Jan Wallander Prize
In collaboration with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Handelsbanken has established a music prize, the Jan Wallander Prize, named after the bank’s chief executive and chairman during the years1970 to 1991.
Every year, the prize is awarded to one of Sweden’s leading students of stringed instruments at one of the country’s music colleges.The prize offers the recipient the opportunity to use an instrument of the very highest class at the start of their professional career.
In the years 2010 to 2013, the Prize went to students of stringed instruments. The four stringed instruments are all made in the 18th century by members of the Gagliano family.
2014 and 2015, the Prize was awarded to two jazz students. The prize in 2014 was a Steinway & Sons model B-211 grand piano and in 2015 it was a double bass made in Britain in around 1830.
2016 and 2017, the Prize was again awarded to two young students of stringed instruments.
The prize in 2016 was a violin made in Bologna by Joannes Florenus Guidantus in 1731 and in 2017 it was a violin made in Venice by Michele Deconet in 1750.
The collection of instruments together make up “Handelsbanken Classic Instruments”.