14-years-old Jan Tominić has been selected to represent Croatia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Saxophonist Jan Tominić will represent Croatia at this years edition of Eurovision Young Musicians which will be held in Edinburgh this August. Jan who was the youngest of the eight young musicians who took part in the Croatian national final, impressed the jury and will now carry Croatia’s hopes this summer.
Jan Tominić is a pupil of the first grade of high school in the Musical School Ferdo Livadić in Samobor, focusing on the saxophone and taught by professor Tomislava Žužka. Jan performed Pequeña Czarda , for alto saxophone and orchestra Pedro Itturaldea. Jana was viewed as the favourite to win by both of the expert commentators who guided viewers through the show earlier this week.
Croatia’s selection process for Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 was held in two parts. 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 who performed in Zagred this week were 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 winner was 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.
Croatia in 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.