RTVE, the Spanish national broadcaster has explained why after sixteen years away from the contest, they are returning to Eurovision Young Musicians.
Spain is one of seven nations returning to Eurovision Young Musicians this year in Edinburgh. Spain’s return to the contest is significant having last participated in Eurovision Young Musicians in 2002 and having not taken part in any Eurovision Family of Events contest other than the Eurovision Song Contest since 2005.
Juan Manuel Hidalgo the Director of La 2 explained that;
Participation in this Festival opens a window at the international level to promote our young talents and allows us to collaborate with the rest of European televisions in disseminating classical music, as one of the most important cultural values of our civilization,
Spain’s return the contest is driven by RTVE pushing more music content on its channels;
in all its varieties and styles, also having in this case the factor of helping young talents….We have taken advantage of the realization of a new format as it is a talent show to try to bring younger people’s knowledge and passion for classical music
Juan Manuel Hidalgo the Director of La 2, has previously confirmed that the Spanish participant will be selected through the current series of Clásicos y Reverentes.
The Spanish participant in this years contest will not necessarily be the winner of Clásicos y Reverentes. This is due to a number of rules around the participants in Eurovision Young Musicians, if the winner does not meet these rules, TVE will opt to select a participant from the finalists of Clásicos y Reverentes.
Clásicos y Reverentes is currently seven episodes in to its current series, with the final expected to take place in April. Currently each episode sees five young musicians competing for a place in the second round, whittling 50 down to 10. From the musicians who make it through to the semi-finals the number of participants will be cut again, before the final takes place.
Spain debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1988, they participated in every contest up to 2002 before withdrawing. Spain only once managed to qualify for the final when Antonio Serrano took second place at the 1992 contest in Brussels.
Source: La Vanguardia
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.