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)

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Ariso Light
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@Avstriya
The Netherlands have only won Eurovision 4 times, not 5.

Charles
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An Eurovision competition that actually focus on MUSIC … how ironic …

Avstriya
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Austria has 5 wins so far and Poland 3, Sweden has 1 and Ireland zero.

So, AUT (2x ESC, 5x EYM), IRE (7x ESC) and SWE (6x ESC, 1x EYM) all have 7 Eurovision victories already. But the Netherlands have 8 wins (5x ESC, 2x EYM, 1x JESC)

(J)ESC Fanatic
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Congratulations, Poland!

Let’s hope they will win Eurovision or Junior Eurovision someday too 🙂

Slazowski
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Czech Republic was the best by far, but we saw this situation again, that hot favourite doesnt win. Maybe they wanted to have less traditional instrument as a winner.

Rhy
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It was a tough competition, amazing 11 musicians there were.. Maybe Croatia should have won a prize but okay, congratulations to Poland.

Ryan
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@Davidoth probably Junior Eurovision Song Contest,The juries don’t like Poland in ESC :/

Ariso Light
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@ninasublatti

Dnipro will not host Eurovision 2017. Their bid has been withdrawn!

TheDavidoth
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2015: Poland won Eurovision Young Dancers
2016: Poland won Eurovision Young Musicians
2017: Poland wins Eurovision Song Contest???

Anthony
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They have their own website Sally J at YoungMusicians.tv and this biennial event has been going on since 1982.

Napaw
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POLSKA <3
So this is how it feels to win something Eurovision related xD (having my hopes up for the 2016 second chance contest as well 🙂

Sally J
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I didn’t even know this was a thing. Does the EBU not publicise it?

Ariso Light
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I think Croatia should have won. Congratulations Poland.