Slovenia will select for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 on March 30, as RTVSLO makes an open call for participants.
The Slovenian national broadcaster RTVSLO has launched the application process to represent Slovenia at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. The dates of the selection are as follows:
- February 22 – Application deadline
- March 1 – Selection participants are informed by RTVSLO
- March 8 – Semi-final held to determine the six participants who will compete in the final
- March 30 – Slovenian entrant for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 is selected
At the final of the Slovenian selection process the young musicians will be joined by Symphony Orchestra of RTV Slovenia. The selection will be held by Grand Hall Conservatory for Music and Ballet Ljubljana, with the show being broadcast at a later date.
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.