Julia Biegniewska – winner 2018

Julia Biegniewska – winner 2018

Julia Biegniewska was born in Norrköping. She currently attends the master programme in classical music at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm (KMH), with Andrej Power as her principal teacher. She began playing violin at the age of four for her father Kryspin Biegniewski, violinist in Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, and continued during secondary school for Päivikki Wirkkala-Malmqvist. Then followed studies at the Music School of Malmö for professor Marika Fältskog and at Ignacy Padarewski Academy of Music in Poznan. One year ago she won the audition to the RSPO Academy, the orchestra academy at The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in Stockholm. She has also attended master classes for internationally renowned teachers like Dora Schwarzberg, Henryk Kowalski and Alf Richard Kraggerud.

Julia has several times performed as a soloist, including with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra and with the Zielona Góra Philharmonic Orchestra. She was the runner-up in “Swedish Mastership for Young Soloists” in Västerås 2009, and in 2014 and 2015 she was the principal violinist (concert-master) of the Nordic Youth Orchestra. This year she was elected to the same position in the ESTA International Chamber Orchestra, which recently performed for the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Prize citation

The winner of the 2018 Jan Wallander Prize is a fiery, extrovert violinist who also has a rich tonal range and brilliant virtuosity.

Julia Biegniewska - vinnare 2018 JWpriset
Violin från 1756 - inköpsår 2010

This year’s prize is a violin made by Januarius (Gennaro) Gagliano in 1756. The prize winner will have the use of it for a number of years.

Cremona, Brescia, Milan, Venice… the names of the cities of northern Italy have, of course, a particularly magical ring for violinists and other connoisseurs of history’s finest stringed instruments. But since the early 18th century there has also been a strong tradition of making outstanding stringed instrument a little further south in Italy. This is associated particularly with the Gagliano family. The least-known member of the family is probably the founder, Alessandro. After having worked for the masters Amati and Stradivari in Cremona, he brought his expertise back to his home city of Naples. Alessandro’s second son Januarius (in Italian: Gennaro) was active from about 1740 to 1780, and fewer of his instruments have survived. Those that do exist, however, are real connoisseurs’ instruments. They are normally have reddish orange- or reddish brown-coloured varnish, setting them apart from the lighter golden-yellow colour that became common among the Gagliano family’s violins in the later 18th century.