UA:PBC has announced that over thirty applications were received to represent Ukraine at Eurovision Young Musicians 2020.
Over thirty musicians have applied to represent Ukraine on there return to Eurovision Young Musicians this year. The majority of applicants were pianists or violinists, applications were also received from Saxophonists, harpists, cellists, flutists, clarinetists and bandura players. The applicants were also a mix participants of international contests and regular students.
The Executive Producer of Music and Entertainment programs for UA:PBC commented:
The young musicians showed great interest in the competition. The variety of cities from which applications have been submitted confirms that there are many talented musicians in our country. The jury comprised eight reputable experts in the world of classical music and two members of the Board of Public. I am sure that among these contenders the jury will select the most talented representative from Ukraine, who will represent the country at the Eurovision for Young Musicians 2020.
Ukraine last competed in the competition in 2012, with 2020 marking its third appearance in the competition.
Eurovision Young Musicians 2020
The 20th installment of Eurovision Young Musicians will take place this year in the Croatian capital of 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.
Competing in Eurovision Young Musicians are:
• Croatia (HRT)
• Czech Republic (CT)
• Estonia (ERR)
• Germany (WDR)
• Greece (ERT)
• Malta (PBS)
• Norway (NRK)
• Poland (TVP)
• Slovenia (RTVSLO)
• Sweden (SVT)
• Ukraine (UA:PBC)
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.