RTSH has launched Albania’s national selection process for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
The debuting nation of Albania has launched their selection process for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. RTSH is one of a number of countries to hold a national selection process for this years contest.
The Albanian selection process will be held in the following stages:
- Stage One – Applications (application form, attached to a picture of the applicant, passport / identity card).
- Stage Two – Auditions (At the audition stage, each musician must play a five to five and a half minutes of music, solo repertoire or accompaniment to the piano).
- Stage Three – The 10 semi-finalists will play a piece of a musical work, accompanied by the RTSH Symphony Orchestra, up to 12 minutes per performance (filming and broadcasting from RTSH).
- Stage Four – The final concert will present 6 talented musicians, from which a professional jury will select the Albanian participant.
RTSH is calling for applications from young musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 years. They must be perform a specific instrument that meet the criteria for the contest, for the full rules click here.
Albania will make their Eurovision Young Musicians debut in this year’s contest. Seven countries will make their return to the contest. These are Belgium (last participated in 2006), Estonia (2004), Greece (2014), Israel (1986), Russia (2010), Spain (2002) and the host nation, the United Kingdom (2010). Austria, who is the most successful country in the contest with five wins, will not take part for the first time since 1982.
The 2018 edition of Eurovision Young Musicians sees the return of a semi-final elimination round, which will take the form of public chamber recitals (St. Cecilia’s Hall) by all contestants on 18-19 August, with all recitals produced by BBC Radio 3 for distribution to the Euroradio network (as well as via web stream). The final concert will take place in the Usher Hall on 23 August 2018, with the musicians accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under their principal conductor Thomas Dausgaard.
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.