The 2015 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize

The 2015 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize

Cecilia Rydinger Alin

Cecilia Rydinger Alin

Since 2013 Cecilia Rydinger Alin has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm

Cecilia Rydinger Alin studied church music and conducting at KMH during 1981-1991. She has worked within a broad field of activities including orchestral, opera and choral conducting as well as pedagogical assignments.

During 1994-1998 Cecilia Rydinger Alin was principal conductor at the Värmland Opera in Sweden. She has also been invited as guest conductor at the Royal Opera in Stockholm, NorrlandsOperan in the North of Sweden, as well as the Jyske Opera in Århus, Demark.

1988-1999 Cecilia Rydinge Alin was conductor of the Allmänna Sången in Uppsala, Scandinavia’s oldest university choir. Since 2008, she is conductor and artistic leader of the renowned male choir Orphei Drängar.

In 1998, Cecilia Rydinger Alin was appointed Lecturer in Orchestral Conducting at the KMH, and in 2007 she was promoted to the title of Professor.

She has been awarded the Johannes Norrby medal for the advancement of Swedish choral life, the conductor Sten Frykberg memorial grant as well as the honorary medal of Uppsala City. She was awarded Choral Leader of the Year in 2009, and received the award Honorary Citizen of Uppland County in 2011.

In 2005, she received the Royal medal Litteris et Artibus for her contributions within the art of music. Cecilia Rydinger Alin is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music since 2004.

Eva Kruse

Eva Kruse

Eva Kruse was born in 1978 in Hamburg, Germany. She has studied double- bass and pedagogy Education at the Berlin University of the Arts and at the University of Gothenburg Academy of Music and Drama, as well as composition, under John Taylor.

In 2002, Eva Kruse created formed a band with pianist Michael Wollny and drummer Eric Schaefer which has appeared under the names ‘The Eva Kruse Trio’, ‘[em]’ and, since 2012, ‘Michael Wollny’’s [em].’. With this group Eva has released five albums, toured worldwide for 10 years and won two Grammy awards in Germany in the category ‘Best Group of the Year’ category.

Eva Kruse has also performed together with ‘Firomanum’, ‘the Arne Jansen Trio’ and the Berlin-based groove collective ‘SOAP’, among others.

Since 1998 she has been a well-known artist at the Jazz Baltica festival in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. There she met trombonist Nils Landgren, together with whom she has since regularly collaborated ever since, in various ensembles.

In 2012, Eva Kruse formed her own new project ‘In Water’ with oboist Tjadina Wüurdinger, saxophonist Uwe Steinmetz, pianist Bugge Wesseltoft and drummer Christian Jormin. This project has resulted in the CD ‘In Water,’ which will be released in September, 2014.

Jesper Bodilsen

Jesper Bodilsen

Jesper Bodilsen is one of Denmark’’s leading double bass players, and has achievedists with great success internationally.

He tours all over the world and has played at some of the premier jazz clubs and festivals. He has performed and recorded with some of the great artists of jazz, including Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Ed Thigpen, Duke Jordan, Phil Woods, Dino Saluzzi and Lee Konitz.

He is a regular member of the ‘Ulf Wakenius Group’, and during his career has played with several Swedish musicians, such as Putte Wickman, Joakim Milder, Peter Asplund, Lars Jansson, Svante Thuresson and Jan Lundgren. In addition to CD releases under his own name, he has performeds on over 100 other albums, several of which have received the ‘Album of the Year’ awards.

In 1996, he received the scholarship in memory of Edward Eriksen, and in 2004 the Django d’Or Award.
He has been chairman of the Danish Jazz Musicians’ Association since 2012.