PBS has today launched the selection process to decide who will represent Malta at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
Malta has become the latest nation to launch their selection process for Eurovision Young Musicians. Young musicians aged between 12 and 21 are invited to take part in the selection process. The selection is open to all nationals of Malta and those who have resided in the country for more than two years. Only solo musicians who are not professionally engaged can take part.
The Maltese national final will be held between the second half of May and the first half of June, with an exact date to be confirmed closer to the time. The winner of the selection will be decided by a person person jury formed of music experts, who have no affiliation with the participants.
The deadline for the submissions process is April 30th, and participants will not be charged for entering to represent Malta in Edinburgh.
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
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.