The six finalists of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 are set to be revealed on the evening of August 19.
The six talented musicians who will compete in the final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 are set to be revealed live on the evening of August 19. The six musicians will be revealed from 20:45 CET on a live stream via the BBC Arts website. The finalists will be decided by a jury of four music professionals, they are;
- David Watkin
- Ursula Leveaux
- Noè Rodrigo Gisbert
- Sinae Lee
The jury for the semi-finals will be awarding points to each of the eighteen semi-finalists based on a set criteria. The jury will be marking the performers out of 10 on;
- Technical accuracy
- Quality of sound
After all of the eighteen performances have taken place the jury will be presented with the results of their combined voting. The jury will then deliberate on the results of the voting and may make changes to the ranking of the performers, but only if this agreed unanimously. The jury will then revealed the six finalists in a random order.
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.