Alexandra Cooreman has been internally selected by RTBF to represent Belgium at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, as the nation returns to the contest.
15-year-old Alexandra Cooreman will be representing Belgium at Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 after RTBF internally selected the young performer for the contest in Edinburgh. She started learning to play the violin at the age of five when she enrolled at the Music Academy of Berchem-Sainte-Agatha in Brussels. Earlier this month she performed at the MuCH Waterloo Festival where she was revealed as the Belgian participant.
Laetitia Huberti, Head of Delegation for Belgium confirmed to Eurovoix in April that RTBF partnered with the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel to find the Belgian participant. The Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel was founded in 1939 and is one of the premier institutions for artistic education in Belgium, specifically focusing on young and developing talents.
Belgium made their debut in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1986, with their best results being third place finishes in 1990 and 1992. Belgium hosted the competition in 1992 with twelve countries taking part in the contest, this included debuts from Poland and Hungary.
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).