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Get ready for ‘Eurovision Young Musicians’ in Bodø, Norway

01 July 2024 at 10:00 CEST
The 21st Eurovision Young Musicians takes place in Bodø, Norway, on Saturday 17 August - here’s everything you need to know!
Eurovision Young Musicians for 2024:
  • Czechia (ČT): Adam (Piano)
  • Sweden (SVT): Hugo (Cello)
  • Poland (TVP): Jeremi (Clarinet)
  • France (France TV): Pierre-Emmanuel (Piano)
  • Switzerland (SRF): Valerian (Euphonium)
  • Armenia (AMPTV): Hayk (Oboe)
  • Serbia (RTS): Bogdan (Piano)
  • Norway (NRK): Sebastian (Piano)
  • Germany (WDR): Fabian (Flute)
  • Austria (ORF): Leonhard (Violin)
  • Belgium (RTBF): Mahault (Piano)

Eurovision Young Musicians is an international classical music event aimed at offering the broadest possible stage to talented young classical musicians, helping them embark on a global career. Some of the renowned names to have emerged from the Contest include violinist Julian Rachlin, cellist Natalie Clein and violist Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad

In a nutshell, Eurovision Young Musicians is a classical music competition in which musicians aged between 12 and 21 perform a piece of music of their choice on an instrument that they are skilled at playing. Each musician represents their country, with a jury of international experts then scoring the performances.

Each musician is accompanied by the orchestra affiliated with the host broadcaster and, unlike the Eurovision Song Contest, the host nation is rarely the country that has won the previous competition.

Bodø, Norway Dan Mariner

Who is taking part this year?

Eurovision Young Musicians 2024 will take place on 17 August in Bodø, Norway. The 21st edition will be hosted by Norwegian broadcaster NRK during the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. This will be the second edition held in Norway, after Bergen hosted the 2000 contest.

In Bodø, 11 countries are set to take part: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Sweden and Switzerland.

Czechia (ČT): Adam (Piano)
Born and based in Chodov, Adam has been playing piano since the age of 4, and studying at ZUŠ Jižní Město in Prague since the age of 5.

As well as winning a range of competitions at home in Czechia for his piano playing, Adam has also won prizes at competitions in Austria, Italy and Poland. One of his most recent successes was winning 1st prize at the international competition Concertino Praga in September 2023, as well as three other awards at the prestigious event.

Sweden (SVT): Hugo (Cello)
Hugo has been studying cello since the age of 6 and is a student of Adrian Brendel. As a soloist he has since performed with orchestras including Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, The Norddeutsche Philharmonie Rostock and the Borås Symphony Orchestra, performing cello concertos by Schumann, Haydn and Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations.

To date, Hugo has won prizes at the Two Moors Festival Competition, the London Young Musician Competition, the Bromsgrove Young Musicians Senior Platform and the Haslemere International String Competition.

Poland (TVP): Jeremi (Clarinet)
Playing the clarinet since the age of 6, Jeremi has this year graduated from the Karol Szymanowski State Music School Complex in Warsaw. In that time, Jeremi has performed as a soloist with the Polish Radio Orchestra, the Sinfonia Baltica Orchestra and the Elbląg Chamber Orchestra.

Jeremi has won plenty of awards and scholarships in Poland, and in 2021 he was also awarded a top prize at a music competition in Italy. As well as playing clarinet solo, Jeremi also performs as a member of both a piano trio and a clarinet quartet.

France (France TV): Pierre-Emmanuel (Piano)
Born in Lyon, Pierre-Emmanuel began studying piano at the age of 7. Since then, he has studied at prestigious institutions such as the Regional Conservatory of Lyon and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.

Having obtained his High National Professional Musician Diploma in piano in 2023, Pierre-Emmanuel is currently furthering his studies. The pianist also performs regularly in concerts, many of them organised in partnership with the Paris Conservatory

Switzerland (SRF): Valerian (Euphonium)
Having been playing trumpet since the age of 7, Valerian began focusing on the euphonium at the age of 12. With it, he was soon achieving awards and prizes at various regional and national competitions.

Over the years, Valerian has performed as a soloist at the likes of the European Brass Band Championships and the Lucerne Festival. He has also played in several orchestral formations, such as the National Youth Brass Band, the European Youth Brass Band and the Swiss National Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Armenia (AMPTV): Hayk (Oboe)
Born in 2005, Hayk began his music career at the age of three, singing in the Little Singers of Armenia choir. He received his musical education at the Sayat-Nova School of Music in Yerevan, graduating with two majors: piano and oboe, while also mastering the national instrument shvi. Hayk is currently studying at the Yerevan State Conservatory.

Having participated in more than 30 prestigious international competitions in 8 years, Hayk has won some of the highest prizes and ranks out there. He has also performed in concerts internationally, as well as featured as a soloist with many orchestras.

Serbia (RTS): Bogdan (Piano)
Pianist Bogdan is currently studying at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, as well as at the Perosi Academy in Biella. He has won over 30 prizes in national and international competitions, most notably 1st prize at Humberto Quagliata International Piano Competition 2023, 1st prize and the audience award at 11th International Isidor Bajić Memorial 2023, and the 2nd prize and special chamber music prize at the Maj Lind International Piano Competition 2022.

Bogdan has performed with such prestigious collaborators as the Mariinsky Symphony Orchestra, the Helsinki Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Serbian Radio Orchestra, the Belgrade Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Strings of Saint George and the Kamus Quartet.

Norway (NRK): Sebastian (Piano)
Sebastian is a 20-year-old pianist from Oslo, who started playing when his family got a piano for the living room when he was 9 years old. He started learning by himself, looking at YouTube tutorials, before his parents realised his great interest and got him a teacher.

Since then, Sebastian has been enrolled at many different programmes, including Barratt-Due and the talent programme at the Norwegian Academy of Music. The musician is now studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music.

Germany (WDR): Fabian (Flute)
Fabian studied at the Leopold Mozart Institute for the Highly Gifted at the Mozarteum University Salzburg from 2016, and has also been a student at the University of Music and Dance in Munich since 2020.

Fabian has played as a soloist with several professional orchestras, such as the Mitteldeutsche Kammerphilharmonie, the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, the Bad Reichenhall Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre de Chambre de Genève. As well as being a performer, Fabian is also a composer.

Austria (ORF): Leonhard (Violin)
Born in Vienna in 2007, Leonhard has gone on to win prizes at numerous competitions, including: 1st prize of the Zhuhai International Mozart Competition, Discovery Award of the International Classical Music Awards, and 2nd prize of Il Piccolo Violino Magico.

He made his debut with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra at the Vienna Konzerthaus at the age of 15, and has also performed as a soloist with the NFM Philharmonic Wrozław, the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and many others.

Belgium (RTBF): Mahault (Piano)
Now 13 years old, Mahault started playing the piano at the age of 6, at the Lasne Music School. At the age of 9, she enrolled at the Eduardo del Pueyo Musical Centre in Brussels, to further her studies.

The pianist has been the winner of several national and international piano competitions, most notably: 1st prize in her category and the public prize at the Liège Piano Competition, 1st prize in her category at the César Franck International Piano Competition, 1st prize in her category at the Andrée Charlier Competition and 1st prize at the Paris International Music Competition.

A history of Eurovision Young Musicians

The inaugural Eurovision Young Musicians took place in Manchester in 1982 and was won by German pianist Markus Pawlik. 

Germany had also won the Eurovision Song Contest just a few weeks earlier, with Ein Bißchen Frieden by Nicole; the only other country to win both Eurovision Young Musicians and the Eurovision Song Contest in the same year was Austria in 2014.

In total, 43 countries have participated in Eurovision Young Musicians over the years but only 12 countries have achieved victory.

Austria leads the pack with 5 wins, followed by Poland on three. Germany and Netherlands on two, and Czechia, France, Greece, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom having won once.

Across the history of the show, participating musicians have played on a total of 24 different instruments, with 7 of those leading to victory! The violin is the most charmed instrument, leading to 9 victories, with the pianists accounting for 5 wins, cellists for two, and solitary victories thanks to the clarinet, flute, saxophone and viola.

Eurovision Young Musicians: Vital Statistics

Countries with most wins:

  • 5 - Austria

  • 3 - Poland

  • 2 - Germany, Netherlands

  • 1 - Czechia, France, Greece, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

Instruments with most wins:

  • 9 - Violin

  • 5 - Piano

  • 2 - Cello

  • 1 - Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Viola

First Contest: 1982 in Manchester, United Kingdom
Next Contest: 2024 in Bodø, Norway
Largest Contest: 1994 and 2000 (24 countries)
Smallest Contest: 1982 (6 countries)
Founding countries: Austria, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom (1982)
Most recent debuting country: Albania (2018)
Countries participating in 2024: Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland

Winners and instruments by year:

  • 1982: Germany, Piano

  • 1984: Netherlands, Violin

  • 1986: France, Piano

  • 1988: Austria, Violin

  • 1990: Netherlands, Piano

  • 1992: Poland, Violin

  • 1994: United Kingdom, Cello

  • 1996: Germany, Violin

  • 1998: Austria, Violin

  • 2000: Poland, Piano

  • 2002: Austria, Violin

  • 2004: Austria, Violin

  • 2006: Sweden, Cello

  • 2008: Greece, Clarinet

  • 2010: Slovenia, Flute

  • 2012: Norway, Viola

  • 2014: Austria, Violin

  • 2016: Poland, Saxophone

  • 2018: Russia, Piano

  • 2022: Czechia, Violin

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