It has been confirmed today by the EBU that the 20th instalment of Eurovision Young Musicians will take place next year in the Croatian capital Zagreb.
The competition is set to take place on an open-air stage in King Tomislav Square with the grand final on the 21st of June 2020. The competition organised by broadcaster HRT has been scheduled in order for the event to coincide with Fête de la Musique or World Music Day, celebrating all genres of music being performed outdoors.
This news means that the event returns to being in open air surroundings for the first time since 2016 when the contest was held in Cologne, Germany.
The competition is open to classical musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 at the time of the contest.
Jon Ola Sand, the EBU’s executive supervisor for Eurovision Live Events said the following:
We are delighted to bring the 20th Eurovision Young Musicians competition to Croatia in 2020. HRT have been closely involved with this format for over 20 years and are very much a part of its heritage, we know that HRT will produce a fantastic event for the best young classical musicians to shine. This competition has launched some of the biggest stars of the classical world and we’re looking forward to giving the big names of the future an international stage next summer.
Also commenting on the news today was Kazimir Bačić, the Director General of HRT. He said:
HRT is exceptionally honoured to host Eurovision Young Musicians in 2020 in Zagreb! We will stage the competition for the very first time and, as it is the 20th edition, that makes us even more proud. We are pleased to partner with the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb for the event. As a country that is known around the world for its hard-working musical talents as well as its great cultural heritage – Croatia, Zagreb and HRT – are ready for this wonderful experience. We’d like to thank the EBU for giving HRT this opportunity.
This event marks the first time Zagreb has hosted a Eurovision event since the Eurovision Song Contest back in 1990. However this is the first Eurovision event ever to be hosted by Croatia as back in 1990, Zagreb was located within Yugoslavia before the country dissolved.
Eurovision Young Musicians was last held in 2018, hosted by the BBC in Edinburgh, Scotland. The contest was won by pianist Ivan Bessonov for Russia.