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 Wednesday day, March 16, 2022.
Read more about the instrument here: Violin from ca 1800.

We would like to emphasize that the award is for all music colleges in Sweden, which means that applicants outside Stockholm are also encouraged.

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 both a movement from a sonata and a movement from a concerto or a virtuoso work. The combined playing time should not exceed 20 minutes. The film should be sent digitally by for example Sprend or WeTransfer,

Send the application by e-mail to

The jury consists of Avri Levitan (German), Beatrice Muthelet (France) and Professor and Adviser to the vice-chancellor on external relations, 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, 08-16 19 60,

Applications for the Jan Wallander Prize 2022 must be submitted by Sunday January 12th 2022, at the latest.

Download application here.