Ivan Bessonov has been selected to represent Russia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
16-year-old Ivan Bessonov will represent Russia on their return to Eurovision Young Musicians this Summer in Edinburgh. Ivan was selected to represent Russia in the competition after taking part in the 1st International Competition of Young Pianists Grand Piano Competition in Moscow. He was one of fifteen Russian musicians to take part in the international competition which was broadcast by Russia Kultura, the broadcaster behind Russia’s Young Musicians participation.
Ivan has been playing piano since he was 6 years old. He likes to improvise and compose. In 2015, he made his debut in the cinema as a professional composer – he composed music for the documentary film by Victor Kosakovsky Varicella.
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 streaming).
Source: Russia Kultura