The winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh, will walk away with three prizes on August 23.
BBC Arts has revealed the three prizes that the winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will receive. The winner of the contest in Edinburgh, United Kingdom will be presented with custom-made engraved trophy and a prize of €7,000. They will also be given the honor of performing with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a forthcoming season. Second place will receive a cash prize of €3,000.
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.