The Ystad Municipality Culture Prize for 2013 has been awarded to Jan Lundgren, the Artistic Director of Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival.
The Cultural Committee’s rationale stated:
“Jan Lundgren is a pianist who constantly stretches the boundaries of music to find new modes of self-expression. He works all over the world, but finds his focus at home in Ystad. Jan Lundgren collaborates with the older generations of jazz musicians, but also has an eye for the stars of the future. He is inspired by a range of music genres and creates his own style in a way that makes him a role model for others. Through his artistic directorship of the jazz festival, Jan Lundgren attracts the world’s jazz elite to Ystad and also puts Ystad on the map as a world-class venue for jazz.”
The prize will be presented at Gamla Rådhuset in Ystad at a meeting of the Municipal Council on 19 December.