The Stage is Set for the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest
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:
NAME: Sara Domjanić
NAME: Martin Kot
NAME: Judith Stapf
NAME: Vassilis Digos
NAME: Gergely Devich
NAME: Kurt Aquilina
NAME: Livyka Shtirbu-Sokolov
NAME: Lucie Horsch
NAME: Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde
NAME: Bartosz Kolsut
NAME: Andre Gunko
NAME: Urban Stanič
NAME: Albin Uusijärvi
To stay up-to-date with the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest, visit the website here.