HRT has confirmed Croatia’s participation in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, with the country launching their search for Edinburgh.
The Croatian national broadcaster HRT has confirmed the country’s participation in Edinburgh, as the search begins for Croatia’s participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
Croatia’s selection process will be held in two stages. In the first stage young musicians are invited to apply to represent Croatia in Edinburgh, the musicians will then take part in auditions on February 15. At the auditions up to seven musicians will be selected to go through to the final on March 8 in Zagreb.
Musicians wishing to take part in the competition must have been born between August 24, 1997 and August 23, 1996. At the auditions stage each musician must perform a solo piece between 5 and 5 and a half minutes long. The participant who will represent Croatia in Edinburgh will be decided entirely by a jury.
Croatia debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1994 and has participated in every edition of the contest since, excluding 1996 and 2000. Croatia’s best result came in 1998 when Monika Leskovar finished 2nd at the competition in Vienna, Austria. In ten attempts, Croatia has qualified for the final on four occasions.
To date the following countries have confirmed their participation in the competition:
- United Kingdom
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will be held in Edinburgh at the Usher Hall. This is the first time since 2008 that Scotland has hosted a Eurovision event, the last being the final of the Eurovision Dance Contest. The 2018 contest will see the return of the semi-finals which will be held on August 18 and 19, with the final taking place on August 23.
What is Eurovision Young Musicians
Eurovision Young Musicians has been held bi-annually since 1982. The contest was based on the format of The BBC Young Musician of the Year in the United Kingdom. Performers in the contest must be aged under 18 years and are selected by their participating broadcaster. Each performer performs a piece of classical music of their choice accompanied by the local orchestra. The winner is decided by a jury made up of classical music experts and talents.