The European Broadcasting Union has partnered with the Edinburgh International Festival ahead of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 this August.
The EBU has revealed more details about Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, as this years contest draws ever closer. Today it was announced that the EBU will be working with the Edinburgh International Festival. The EIF joins BBC Radio 3, BBC Studios, BBC Art Digital and BBC Scotland as co-producers of this years contest in Scotland.
18 countries will be taking to the stage in August, with all of the performers now taking part in a semi-final round. Participants will perform an 18 minute long public chamber recital in the Festival Theatre Studio on August 18 and 19. Six candidates will then be selected by an expert jury to perform in the Grand Final on August 23 at the Usher Hall.
The expert jury that will select the finalists will include an international panel of influential persons from the world of classical music including Marin Alsop and Sir James MacMillan.
Jon Ola Sand the Executive Supervisor of the contest commented:
The EBU is delighted to be working once again with the BBC, who hosted the first EYM in 1982 in Manchester. By partnering with the Edinburgh International Festival, one of the world’s greatest arts events, we are thrilled to be bringing this huge showcase for young classical musicians to an even bigger audience. This competition has provided a launchpad for some of the biggest stars of the classical world and we’re sure with 2018’s competition as part of the EIF this will offer Europe’s talented youth an even greater chance to shine.
Fergus Linehan, Festival Director of the Edinburgh International Festival added;
The Edinburgh International Festival has always been passionate about providing a platform for emerging talent and in a year in which we’re inviting a host of young musicians from all over the world to the Usher Hall in a major celebration of the next generation of classical musicians, we’re delighted to be hosting the finals of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. We look forward to working with the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC in welcoming these hugely talented young musicians to Edinburgh as they compete for one of the world’s most prized titles.
Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, BBC Proms and BBC Orchestras and Choirs also stated that:
“As the long-term radio partner to the Edinburgh International Festival and of course BBC Young Musician – who themselves celebrate their 40th anniversary this year and will represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Young Musicians – it’s a natural evolution for us to support this competition. We are really keen to bring our listeners closer to these phenomenal young musicians and their huge talent through extensive coverage on Radio 3.”
The eighteen participating countries are:
- Albania – RTSH
- Belgium – RTBF
- Croatia – HRT
- Czech Republic – ČT
- Estonia – ERR
- Germany – WDR
- Greece – ERT
- Hungary – MTVA
- Israel – IPBC
- Malta – PBS
- Norway – NRK
- Poland – TVP
- Russia – RTR
- San Marino – SMRTV
- Slovenia – RTVSLO
- Spain – RTVE
- Sweden – SVT
- United Kingdom (host) – BBC
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.
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.