Ivan Bessonov from Russia has been crowned the winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018.
Tonight the final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 took place at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Six of Europe’s most talented young musicians took part in the final of the 19th edition of the contest, these were:
- Birgitta Elisa Oftestad (Norway) – Elgar – Cello Concerto, 4th movement
- Nikola Pajanović (Slovenia) – Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto, 3rd movement
- Indi Stivín (Czech Republic) – Stivín – Bohemian Suite for Double Bass, 2nd & 3rd movements
- Mira Foron (Germany) – Sibelius – Violin Concerto, 3rd movement
- Máté Bencze (Hungary) – Ibert – Concerto da Camera for Saxophone
- Ivan Bessonov (Russia) – Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No 1, 3rd movement – 1st
Each of the six finalists will performed alongside the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Each musician performed for 12 minutes and hoped to impress the three jury members who decided tonight’s winner. The jury members are;
- Sir James MacMillan
- David Watkin
- Marin Alsop
- Anna Meredith
- Andrew Moore
Ivan Bessonov will not only be named Eurovision Young Musician 2018, they will also receive a custom-made engraved trophy, a cash prize of €7,000, and the chance to perform with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a season in the future.
Tonight’s victory is the first time that Russia has won Eurovision Young Musicians, with the nation having returned to the competition for the first time this year since 2010. Russia has now the Junior Eurovision Song Contest (2006, 2017), the Eurovision Song Contest (2008) and Eurovision Young Musicians (2018).
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.