ERR has revealed that Klassikatähed 2018 will be used to select Estonia’s participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh.
Klassikatähed 2018 will be used to select the Estonian participant in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. The format which has been broadcast on Estonian television since 1991, sees eight young talented musicians performing across a number of shows with the winner being determined by the public and jury.
The participants are as follows:
- Arko Narits (piano)
- Ingely Laiv (oboe)
- Johannes Põlda (violin)
- Kaspar-Oskar Cramp (trombone)
- Kristin Müürsepp (flute)
- Linda-Anette Verte (violin)
- Sven-Sander Šestakov (piano)
- Tanel-Eiko Novikov (percussion)
The show will take place over six weeks with each young musician being joined by a famous Estonian musician each week. In each episode they will have to adapt to different styles of music and challenges. On the jury are Professor Ivari Ilja and Juhan Tralla.
The winners will receive a number of awards issued by the Estonian Concert, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater. While ERR will select one musician to represent Estonia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
Klassikatähed 2018 begins on February 23 from 19:30 on ETV.
Estonia made their debut in the contest at the 1994 contest in Warsaw, when a record 24 nations took part in the competition. Estonia debuted alongside the likes of Macedonia, Germany and Croatia. The country’s best result came in 1996 when Hanna Heinmaa finished 3rd at the competition in Lisbon.
Since their debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, Estonia has taken part in every Eurovision family of event apart from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. In 2017 Estonia was one of nine countries to take part in the first edition of Eurovision Choir of the Year.
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.