Hugo Löf – winner 2024

Hugo Löf vinnare av Jan Wallanderpriset 2024

Prize citation

With his breathtaking virtuosity and imaginative improvisational talent, the double bassist Hugo Löf is a worthy winner of this year’s Jan Wallander Prize.

Hugo Löf was born into a musical family in 2002 and grew up in Piteå. He began playing the electric bass at 10 years of age, while he has been playing the double bass ever since receiving one as a Christmas present in the 7th grade. He is currently studying the Bachelor’s Programme in Jazz at the Royal College of Music (KMH) in Stockholm and is set to graduate in the spring.

His degree thesis examines how music develops when the bass is given a more prominent role as soloist. His degree concert included performances of both self-composed material and standards from the Great American Songbook.His degree thesis examines how music develops when the bass is given a more prominent role as soloist. His degree concert included performances of both self-composed material and standards from the Great American Songbook.

Handelsbanken has established a music prize in collaboration with the Royal College of Music

This is the Jan Wallander Prize, which is awarded annually to one of Sweden’s leading music students at one of the country’s music colleges. In addition to the honour, the award winner will be able to use an exceedingly high-class instrument for a number of years.

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.

Through the Jan Wallander Prize we hope to give more young people the opportunity to use and make the most of a first class instrument for a number of years. The prize winner will be chosen by an international jury.

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