Nikola Pajanović has been selected to represent Slovenia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
18-year-old Nikola Pajanović has been selected to represent Slovenia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. The musician from Ljubljana beat off competition from five other talented performers from across Slovenia in the final. In his performance Nikola performed Violin Concerto in D Major, Opus 35 (Finale: Allegro vivacissimo) Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Nikola said after his selection as the Slovenian participant that;
I am honored to be able to represent Slovenia at this great competition. I am very pleased with this success, because I really was very ‘amused’ and prepared for this competition. I would also like to congratulate all colleagues for today’s performances, for this really high level of performance
The finalists were:
- Sebastian Bud – horn
- Nikola Pajanović – violin
- Samanta Škorja – clarinet
- Ana Knez – bass trombone
- Križanič Žorž – harp
- Teja Udovič Kovačič – accordion
The final of Slovenia’s selection process for Edinburgh took place on March 30 at the Grand Hall Conservatorium for Music and Ballet Ljubljana. The young musician who will represent Slovenia was decided by Dika Smajlović Bravničar, Hinko Haas and Franc Kos.
The show will be broadcast by RTVSLO on April 15 from 18:35 on TV SLO 2.
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.