ERT has confirmed that ERT 2 will be broadcasting the final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 live on August 23.
Greece is being represented by Thanos Tzanetakis. Thanos was selected to represent Greece following a nationwide call to find their participant for Eurovision Young Musicians. He was selected by a jury formed of music professionals and members of ERT to take part in the contest in Edinburgh. Thanos will be performing;
- Kellner – Fantasia in d minor
- Walton – Bagatelle No 3 & 5 from Five Bagatelles for Guitar
- Llobet – Variaciones Sobre un Tema de Fernando Sor
Commentary will be provided by Mihalis Messinis. Mr Messinis has provided commentary at a number of cultural events for ERT in previous years, this includes the traditional New Years Concert from Vienna. The semi-finals will be available to watch on the ERT website.
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.