The 2010 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize

The 2010 jury for the Jan Wallander Prize

Johannes Johansson

Johannes Johansson - president för de europeiska musikhögskolorna i AEC (Association Europèenne des Conservatoires, Acadèmies de Musique et Musikhochschulen)

Since 2006, the composer Johannes Johansson has been the Principal of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm. He is also President of the European music colleges within the AEC, the European Association of Conservatoires.

Johannes Johansson is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, and an honorary member of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and (since 2010) the Royal College of Music in London. In 1986 he became a member of FST, the Society of Swedish Composers, and in the same year he founded the Ensemble Ars Nova, which he led for the first ten years of its existence.

Johannes Johansson is an internationally active composer whose music has been recorded on many occasions. Recently he has mainly composed vocal music, including collaborations with poets such as Eva Ström, Tomas Tranströmer and Ylva Eggehorn.

Johannes Johansson has also published many articles and book chapters regarding music and musical education. Internationally in demand, he is an expert in matters relating to music and musical education.

Nora Chastain

Nora Chastain

Violinist Nora Chastain was born in Berkley, California, and received her initial musical education at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. Since her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 16 (performing Barber’s violin concerto) she has been a soloist with the world’s leading orchestras.

She is also a very prominent chamber musician, co-founding the Menuhin Festival Piano Quartet and the Trio Kreisleriana.

In 1985 she won the famous Menuhin competition in Paris, and in 1993 she was awarded the prestigious Förderpreis der Europäischen Wirtschaft in Zurich.

Nora Chastain has recorded a great deal of chamber music on CD. She is a very experienced jury member for international competitions, and is a professor at the Berlin University of the Arts and the Zurich University of the Arts.

Radu Blidar

Radu Blidar

In 1985, in Prague, at the age of fourteen, the Romanian violinist Radu Blidar won his first international prize.

He then studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and the Paris Conservatoire. Since making his debut with the London Symphony Orchestra he has performed regularly with the great orchestras. He also performs frequently as a chamber musician, with a particular love for the 20th century repertoire (Bartok, Berg, Dutilleux, Ligeti).

Radu Blidar has won many international competitions, including Sarasate (1991), Ravel (1992), New York (1993) and Salzburg (1998).

He is the founder and organiser of “Vibrarte,” the major international competition based in Paris. Radu Blidar is a professor at the Royal College of Music in London.