Our Swedish friend Benjamin Staern has just been told he has won the Christ Johnson prize for his new clarinet concerto, titled Worried Souls. I’m not sure if he intended the title to characterise every clarinetist on earth, but it comes close.
Benjamin,33, will get a handshake from the King and a cheque for 180,000 Swedish crowns, which is worth less than it sounds but still more than 20,000 Euros.
Here’s a rehearsal and interview clip from the new concerto. Worried? Karin Dornbusch looks so cool.