Petroc Trelawny and Josie D’Arby have been revealed as the hosts of the 18th edition of Eurovision Young Musicians in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
The hosts of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 have been revealed, as the contest grows ever closer. The two hosts of this years contest in Edinburgh, United Kingdom are radio broadcaster Petroc Trelawny and television presenter Josie D’Arby.
Petroc Trelawny’s career started at BBC Radio Devon in the early 1990s before he made his transition to a career in classical music radio and television. Since 1998 he has been a presented at BBC Radio 3, and is the face of classical magazine programme Music Matters, Radio 3’s Breakfast and concerts in Radio 3 Live in Concert.
Josie D’Arcy started in children’s television before becoming the youngest woman to have her own chat show in 1999. She has presented a number of cultural programs for the BBC including; BBC Young Musician of the Year, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World , BBC Songs of Praise and BBC Choir of the Year.
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).
The competing countries and their representatives are:
- Albania – Klaudio Zoto – Cello
- Belgium – Alexandra Cooreman – Violin
- Croatia – Jan Tominić – Saxophone
- Czech Republic – Indi Stivín – Double bass
- Estonia – Tanel-Eiko Novikov – Percussion
- Germany – Mira Foron – Violin
- Greece – Thanos Tzanetakis – Guitar
- Hungary – Máté Bencze – Saxophone
- Israel – Tamir Naaman-Pery
- Malta – Bernice Sammut Attard – Piano
- Norway – Birgitta Elisa Oftestad – Cello
- Poland – Marta Chlebicka – Flute
- Russia – Ivan Bessonov – Piano
- San Marino – Francesco Stefanelli – Cello
- Slovenia – Nikola Pajanović – Violin
- Spain – Sara Valenica – Violin
- Sweden – Johanna Ander Ljung – Harp
- United Kingdom – Maxim Calver – Cello
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.