Victoria Stjerna – winner 2017

Victoria Stjerna – winner 2017

Victoria Stjerna was born in 1992 in Gothenburg, where her violin teacher was Laszló Szirányi, who had previously been a viola player with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.

Since 2012, Victoria has been studying under Professor Per Enoksson at the Stockholm Royal College of Music at Edsberg Castle, currently at Master’s level. In parallel with this, she participates in several masterclasses within and outside Sweden – this year for Professor Ulf Wallin at the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin and Professor Pavel Vernikov at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Victoria also has regular contact with her mentor, the violin virtuoso Roby Lakatos. In 2016, she played with him as a soloist in a concert with the Swedish Wind Ensemble at the Musikaliska concert hall in Stockholm. This was also recorded for a radio broadcast.

national finalist in the Polstjärnepriset (“Polar Star Prize”), a competition for talented young Swedish soloists, with the winner going on to represent Sweden in Eurovision Young Musicians every other year
second prize and the audience award in the Öresund Soloist, an international competition for young Swedish and Danish talents, with the citation “Best musicianship”
first prize in the Swedish championship for Young String Musicians, a national competition that took place in Västerås, organised by the Swedish Federation of Young Musicians

Her awards include the Guido Vecchi Scholarship.

Victoria Stjerna and the former Stockholm Royal College of Music student and pianist Natalia Kremska have together formed Duo ViNa, who are finalists in the 2017 Ung & Lovande (“Young & Promising”), Sweden’s largest chamber music competition.

In addition, Victoria Stjerna was highlighted in the Swedish Television documentary Blood, Sweat & Strings (2011), which followed the day-to-day lives of three talented young classical musicians and their dreams of becoming soloists.

Prize citation

The winner of this year’s Jan Wallander Prize is a violinist with strong personal musical charisma. With outstanding technique and a warm tone, great artistry runs through her musical interpretations.

Victoria Stjerna - vinnare 2017
Violin tillverkad av Michele Deconet i Venedig ca 1750 - inköpsår 2017

The 2017 prize is a violin made in Venice by Michele Deconet in 1750.

  • The two-piece back plate is made of flame-grained maple – as are the ribs and scroll.
  • The two-piece top plate is made of alpine spruce, with medium to fine annual rings.
  • The varnish is of a golden yellow colour on a golden background.