Application – The Jan Wallander prize

Handelsbanken and the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH), welcomes applications for the Jan Wallander Prize!

Musicians express themselves through their instruments. First class instruments mean that musicians can hone their expressive skills – the instrument responds sensitively to the finest impulses and, with the beauty of its tone, contributes to the richness of expression.

The very finest instruments are exclusive works of handicraft art, while the same time being exquisite working items – and there are only a limited number of them. Therefore, the likelihood of a young, very talented music student being able to play one of the very finest instruments is tiny.

For this reason, Handelsbanken has founded a prize in co-operation with the Royal College of Music in Stockholm – the Jan Wallander Prize. The prize winner is chosen by an international jury and will have the loan of an exceedingly high-class instrument.

The prize will be awarded at a ceremony at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm on Thursday, March 23, 2023.

The call is for you that the autumn term of 2022 is a registered student at one of Sweden’s music colleges, with piano as the main instrument and specialization in jazz.

The price means that for a longer period of time, however, for a maximum of eight years, you can dispose of a Steinway & Sons. B-211 manufactured in 2014. However, we would like to emphasize that during this time period the grand piano will only be able to have its location within Sweden.

Read more about the instrument here: Handelsbanken Classic Instruments | Jan Wallanderpriset (

The following is to be enclosed with all applications:

  • a birth certificate or equivalent (personbevis)
  • a letter/certificate confirming that the applicant is a student as specified above
  • a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current main instrument tutor
  • a film (audio and video) in which the applicant performs one or two compositions, of your own or from somebody else, in different tempos.
    The combined playing time should not exceed 15 minutes.
    The film should be sent digitally by for example Sprend or WeTransfer, Send the application by e-mail to
  • Applications for the Jan Wallander Prize 2023 must be submitted by Sunday January 9th 2023, at the latest.

The jury consists of Nathalie Loriers (Belgium), Bobo Stenson (Sverige) and Professor Staffan Scheja (Royal College of Music in Stockholm). Read more about the jury here.

To be valid, the application must be complete when submitted. If you have any questions, please contact: Per Sjöberg, 070-538 03 66,