As we settle into the first few days of the Eurovision 2017 season, young musicians from around Europe have been plucking strings and tickling the ivories as part of the 18th edition of Eurovision Young Musicians, which took place in Cologne tonight.
Eleven countries competed at this year’s contest including San Marino, with 17 year old Francesco Stefanelli representing the microstate nation on their debut. In the end, Lukasz Dyczko won it for Poland, with Robert Bílý in second for the Czech Republic and Austria’s Dominik Wagner finishing in third for the 2014 champions.
2016 Eurovision Young Musicians Participants
1. Hungary – Roland Attila Jakab (Violin) performing “Zigeunerweisen op. 20, no. 1” by Pablo de Sarasate
2. Malta – Dmitry Ishkhanov (Piano) performing “Piano Concerto no. 3, op. 50, Allegro Molto” by Dmitry Kabalevsky
3. Austria – Dominik Wagner (Double bass) performing “Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra, Allegro with cadenza” by Serge Koussevitzky
4. Poland – Lukasz Dyczko (Saxophone) performing “Rhapsody pour Saxophone alto” by André Waignein
5. Sweden – Eliot Nordqvist (Piano) performing “Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 22, Andante sostenuto” by Camille Saint-Saëns
6. Slovenia – Zala Vidic (Cello) performing “Rococo Variations, VI: Andante, VII e coda: Allegro Vivo” by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
7. Croatia – Marko Martinovic (Tamburica) performing “Meditationen (from the Opera Thaïs)” by Jules Massenet
8. San Marino – Francesco Stefanelli (Cello) performing “Cello Concerto Nr. 1, Allegretto” by Dmitri Shostakovich
9. Germany – Raul Maria Dignola (Horn) performing “Horn Concerto no. 2, Allegro Maestoso” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
10. Czech Republic – Robert Bílý (Piano) performing “Piano Concerto, op. 38, Allegro Molto” by Samuel Barber
11. Norway – Ludvig Gudim (Violin) performing “Carmen Fantasie” by Franz Waxman
Co-hosted by Tamina Kallert and British violinsist Daniel Hope, each participant performed a classical piece of their choice, accompanied by an orchestra. A panel of five professional juries then commented after their performances.
Unlike previous contests, there were no pre-shows or semi-finals. The juries awarded points to each participant on the night, before the top 3 with the highest combined points total were announced. Just like the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, prizes were awarded to the three participants.
Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)