Eight young musicians have been selected by HRT to take part in the Croatian national final for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
The auditions round in Croatia’s search for their Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 participant is over, with eight young performers through to the final in March 8. Fourteen young musicians performed for a professional jury on February 15 aged between 13 and 20 years old, with a jury selecting the finalists.
The finalists are as follows:
- Franziska Anne Fundelić (17) – Flute
- Max Godinić (16) – Clarinet
- Luka Halužan 16) – Trumpet
- Lana Lucija Horvatić (16) – Violin
- Tonka Javorović (20) – Violin
- Martin Kutnar (17) – Accordion
- Jan Tominić (14) – Saxophone
- Patrik Prežgaj (14) – Saxophone
The final of the Croatian selection process will take place on March 8 from 20:00 CET, with the show broadcast live on HRT3. The winner will be decided by a jury of musicians including:
- Monika Leskovar
- Filip Merčep
- Goran Filipec
- Krešimir Bedek
- Andreas Marinello
Eighteen countries will take part in this years contest with Albania making their Eurovision Young Musicians debut. 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.