NRK of Norway has confirmed their participation in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 as the country begins their search for their participant.
NRK, the Norwegian national broadcaster, has begun their search for Norway’s participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, with a call for young performers. NRK has once again opted to use Virtuos to select the Norwegian participant in Eurovision Young Musicians, with classical instrumentalists up to the age of 19 invited to take part in the contest.
The rules of the competition are as follows:
- Performers cannot have been born before 1999
- Two pieces which are a 15 minutes long must be submitted
- The two pieces should be from two different time points
The final of Virtuos 2018 will be held in April, with the winner not only representing Norway at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, but also walking away with prize money of 100,000 NOK (10,500 Euro).
NRK has used Virtuos to select the Norwegian participant in Eurovision Young Musicians since 2006, the format has seen Norway take victory at the 2012 contest in Vienna, Austria. In 2016 Norway was represented by 17-year-old Ludvig Gudim who performed Carmen Fantasie by Franz Waxman, he did not place within the top three.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018:
- Norway – NRK
- Poland – TVP
- Sweden – TVP
In addition to the three confirmed countries, MTVA the Hungarian national broadcaster has also showed an interest in once again participating in the contest.
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Norway debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians at the first edition of the contest in Manchester, United Kingdom in 1982. Norway has participated in the contest the most times out of any country, having only missed the contest in 1984. In 2000 Norway hosted the competition in Bergen, with 16 countries taking part in the competition. Norway’s only victory to date came in 2012 when Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad performed Viola concerto, 2 & 3 mov. by Béla Viktor János Bartók.