HRT, the Croatian national broadcaster, has launched their national selection for Eurovision Young Musicians 2020.
The selection of the Croatian representative will take place over two stages. The semifinals, which will see auditionees perform with piano accompaniment, will take place on January 31 at the Bajsić Studio at HRT. Eight performers will be selected to advance to the final on March 10 in HRT Studios. The perfomers will perform with the HRT Symphony Orchestra and the event will be broadcast live on HRT.
Applicants must have been born between 22 June 1998 to 21 June 2008 and be either Croatian citizens or be a resident of Croatia for at least two years. Applications must be sent to email@example.com by December 15. The full rules of the selection can be found here.
The 20th installment 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 June 21 2020. This will be the first Eurovision event to be held in an independent Croatia. The Eurovision Song Contest was held in Zagreb in 1990, when Croatia was part of Yugoslavia.
Croatia first participated in Eurovision Young Musicians in 1994 and have only missed two contests since their debut. Their best result to date was in 1998, when Monika Leskovar finished second in the final.
Jan Tominić represented Croatia in Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, where he failed to qualify from the semi-finals. In the semi-finals, he performed Fantaisie sur un thème original by Demersseman, Cinq danses exotiques by Françaix, Aria by Bozza and Brasileira from Scaramouche by Milhaud.
What is Eurovision Young Musicians?
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.