Cassie Jones

The Stage is Set for the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest

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Most people have heard of the Eurovision Song Contest, which draws over 170 million viewers annually from across the globe. Far fewer, however, are familiar with the Eurovision Young Musicians contest.

Since 1982 Eurovision’s biennial Young Musicians contest has brought young talent to the stage, allowing countries the chance to showcase their best musicians under the age of 18. A jury composed of international experts select the three winners of the contest.

This year, 14 countries are guaranteed a spot in the competition, but must hold a national selection to decide who will represent them. Each country’s national selection process is different.

Once selected, the representatives of each nation will then partake in the Young Musicians ‘pre-round’ on 26 and 27 May instead. Each musician will play a piece and be scored by the jury. The pre-round score will be added onto the Grand Final score on 31 May to decide the top three. These three contestants will win prizes and the grand prize is the opportunity to perform with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015.

This year’s countries participating include Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Malta and Moldova are new to the competition this year.

Each country has been in the midst of selecting the musician that will represent them in Cologne, Germany this 31 May.

Here is the complete list of finalists:

AUSTRIA:

AUSTRIA:  NAME: Ziyu He
AGE: 15
INSTRUMENT: Violin

 

CROATIA:

CROATIA:

NAME: Sara Domjanić
AGE: 17
INSTRUMENT: Violin

 

CZECH REPUBLIC:

CZECH REPUBLIC

NAME: Martin Kot
AGE: 11
INSTRUMENT: Accordion

 

GERMANY:

GERMANY:

 

NAME: Judith Stapf
AGE: 16
INSTRUMENT: Violin

 

GREECE:

GREECE

 

NAME: Vassilis Digos
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

 

HUNGARY:

HUNGARY

 

NAME: Gergely Devich
AGE: 16
INSTRUMENT: Cello

 

MALTA:

MALTA:

 

NAME: Kurt Aquilina
AGE: 18
INSTRUMENT: Guitar

 

MOLDOVA:

MOLDOVA

 

NAME: Livyka Shtirbu-Sokolov
AGE: 16
INSTRUMENT: Piano

 

 

THE NETHERLANDS:

THE NETHERLANDS:

 

NAME: Lucie Horsch
AGE: 14
INSTRUMENT: Recorder

 

 

NORWAY:

NORWAY:

NAME: Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde
AGE: 17
INSTRUMENT: Violin

 

POLAND:

POLAND

 

NAME: Bartosz Kolsut
AGE: 17
INSTRUMENT: Accordion

 

 

PORTUGAL:

PORTUGAL:

 

NAME: Andre Gunko
AGE: 16
INSTRUMENT: Cello

 

 

SLOVENIA:

SLOVENIA

 

NAME: Urban Stanič
INSTRUMENT: Piano

 

SWEDEN:

SWEDEN:

NAME: Albin Uusijärvi
AGE: 18
INSTRUMENT: Viola

 

 

To stay up-to-date with the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest, visit the website here.

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