The 2016 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize

The 2016 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize

Cecilia Rydinger Alin

Cecilia Rydinger Alin

Cecilia Rydinger Alin är sedan 2013 rektor på Kungliga Musikhögskolan i Stockholm.

Since 2013 Cecilia Rydinger Alin has been the Vice-Chancellor of the Royal College of Music (KMH) 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.

Marianne Thorsen

Marianne Thorsen

As the winner of several international competitions, including most notably the 2003 Sion Valais International Competition, Marianne Thorsen has established herself as one of Norway’s leading violinists. She has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and most of the major orchestras in Scandinavia, among many others.

Marianne enjoys a regular collaboration with TrondheimSolistene and the Bergen Philharmonic and has made a number of recordings with both of them. The Norwegian composers Ståle Kleiberg and Ketil Hvoslef have both composed violin concertos dedicated to her.

A keen chamber musician, Marianne Thorsen was a founding member of the Leopold String Trio from 1991 to 2006, with which she performed at venues including Carnegie Hall, New York, the Wiener Musikverein, and Wigmore Hall, London. In 2000 she was appointed Leader of the internationally renowned Nash Ensemble of London and, from 2009 to 2013, Marianne was the Artistic Director of the festival Vinterfestspill i Bergstaden in Røros, Norway.

In 2006 Marianne Thorsen was appointed Professor at the Department of Music at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She plays the ‘Emiliani’ Stradivari violin by kind arrangement with the Leif Hoegh Foundation.

Serguei Azizian

Serguei Azizian

Serguei Azizian was born in Armenia in 1957. He received his education at the Leningrad Conservatory ending with an advanced postgraduate diploma. He has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in Russia, Scandinavia, the USA, Japan, Korea and China.

Serguei Azizian has taught at the St. Petersburg Conservatory (1990-1993) and is a professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Music (since 2001).

He was a member of the Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra during 1980-1993 and concert master in Copenhagen Phil (the Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra) in 1993-2011.

Serguei Azizian has recorded numerous cd’s with the Copenhagen Phil. Among his cd’s are recordings of Britten and Walton’s violin concertos and works by Schubert, Bach, Prokofieff, Schnittke, Ravel, Messiaen, Schoenberg, Babadjanian, Langgaard and Russian miniatures.

In 2009, Serguei Azizian received the Carl Nielsen and Anne-Marie Carl Nielsen Award.