Meet the jury
Four well-renowned composers and conductors are the members of the jury deciding which one of the contestants who will be the winner of Allmänna Sången & Anders Wall Composition Award 2019. December 31: st 2018 sets the final deadline for the contestants to contribute their works and then the exciting and exceptional task of finding a winner begins.
Vaclovas Augustinas is a Lithuanian conductor, composer and music pedagogue who since 1992 conducts the Vilnius City Municipal Choir "Jauna Muzika". Also, a full-time professor of the Lithuanian Academy for Music and Theatre, Mr. Augustinas is head of the department of composing.
In the year 2010, Mr. Augustinas was awarded the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize.
Maria Goundorina is from Novosskolniki, Russia. She began her music studies at the Ippolitov-Ivanov college and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow. After receiving her diplomas, Maria spent a few years in Austria where she studied at the University of Vienna.
In the year 2005, Maria came to Stockholm to study choir conducting at the Royal College of Music for, among others, professors Anders Eby and Cecilia Rydinger Alin. Maria graduated in 2008 and was in November 2009 given the opportunity of conducting Allmänna Sången, the 27:th consecutive conductor.
Robert Sund many talents in the arts of music has given him a strong and acclaimed position in the Swedish contemporary culture as well as abroad. During the many years conducting Allmänna Sången and the world famous male chorus Orphei Drängar, he also laid the foundation for the female chorus "La Cappella" as well as the youth chorus Uppsala Musikskolas kammarkör.
He studied conducting for 17 years at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and has since been giving lectures and been a guest conductor for choirs all across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. He has been a participating member of several choral competitions all over the world and starred in an array of international festivals.
In the year 1993, Robert was named the Conductor of the Year by the Swedish Conductors Association.
Lone Larsen, from Denmark, studied at the Nordjysk Musikkonservatorium in Aalborg, the Royal College of Music in Stockholm and at the Julliard Schooll of Music in New York.
She is the artistic leader for VoNo (Voces Nordicae) - an ensemble consisting of 12 singers and has since its foundation in 1999 contributed to developing the contemporary choral music. Lone was head of the project "To have a voice" at Folkoperan in Stockholm and has been recurring as maestro at the same institute. As a freelancing conductor, she is often tasked with leading workshops and art projects internationally.
Lone is a professor at Ersta Sköndal Bräcke Högskola and is also participating in the international project "Conducting 21C" at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Canada.