Destination Edinburgh #17: Meet Sweden's Johanna Ander Ljung
Johanna Ander Ljung will play the Harp for Sweden in the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians
Photo by: Olle Gustafsson
Posted 8 August 2018 at 14:59
Johanna Ander Ljung will represent Sweden at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 playing the harp.
The 19-year-old Johanna was born in Stockholm in 1999 and has studied harp since the age of seven. She was elected as Sweden’s 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians candidate by winning the final of ”The Polstjärne Prize” for young musicians in January, playing with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra under Rumon Gamba. The jury’s motivation read: ”With natural musicality and elegance the winner shows her superior control of the instrument’s rich dynamic and sound palette”.
Johanna got her musical foundation at Adolf Fredriks Musikklasser in Stockholm, one of Scandinavia's most renowned choral schools. She continued her musical education at Södra Latin’s upper secondary school in Stockholm, and is now looking forward to continue her studies for the distinguished French harpist and professor Isabelle Perrin at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo. The last six years Johanna has studied with Lisa Viguier, soloharpist at the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. She has attended master classes for Isabelle Perrin, Stephen Fitzpatrick, Remy van Kesteren, Alice Giles and Erik Groenestein-Hendrik, among others.
Johanna has rich experience in giving solo performances and playing in different Nordic orchestras and ensembles both as a soloist and as an orchestra member, taking place in some of Sweden's most famous venues such as the Berwaldhallen Concert Hall, the Stockholm City Hall, Stockholm Concert Hall and the Gothenburg Concert Hall, but also abroad in Europe and last summer at the World Harp Congress in Hong Kong.
Over the years Johanna has received numerous awards and scholarships, including The Royal Academy’s Youth Scholarship, The John Sebastian Morley Prize, First prize Young Artists, Avalon Young Musician Prize, Cultural Scholarship from Johanneslogen S:t Eriks Jubelårsfond and was appointed the winner of the Polstjärne Prize in January this year, thereby representing Sweden/SVT at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh.