RTVE has revealed to ESC Plus that the final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will be aired live, only if Spain qualifies for the final in Edinburgh.
La 2 will broadcast the final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 live, only if Spain makes it through to the final. RTVE has revealed to ESC Plus that they have a number of plans for coverage of the contest which gets underway in just over a week. Should Spain qualify the contest will be live from 20:30 local time on La 2, if they don’t then the contest will either not be aired on television or delayed until August 25 and 26.
Regardless of qualification Radio Clásica will broadcast the final live to listeners across Spain. Silvia Pérez Arroyo and Fernando Blázquez will commentate live on the final, with the two joined by a panel of guests in the 30 minutes before the final gets underway.
Radio Clásica will also be airing the semi-finals of the contest on delay on August 21 and 22 from 08:00 CET. Viewers in Spain will be able to watch both of the semi-finals and the final live via the RTVE.es website.
Sara Valencia will represent Spain in Edinburgh, she is 18 years old and comes from Madrid. She has been playing the violin since the age of four. She is currently studying violin at the Queen Sofía College of Music, under the tutorage of Professor Marco Rizzi. She has performed throughout Spain, giving solo recitals and as a soloist for orchestras, such as in the Chamber Hall in the National Music Auditorium and the Cibeles Palace in Madrid. She has also taken part in many national and international violin competitions. She will be performing in the first show of the first semi-final and performing;
- Sarasate – Caprice Basque
- Paganini – Caprice No. 13 in B flat
- Bruch – 3rd mvt (Finale) of Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor
Spain debuted in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1988, they participated in every contest up to 2002 before withdrawing. Spain only once managed to qualify for the final when Antonio Serrano took second place at the 1992 contest in Brussels.
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.