GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 2013 is coming to an end and we already have our agendas ready for 2014 with the Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Malta.
But let us not forget the third big event of the year, the 17th edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians that will be staged in Cologne on May 31st.
EYM is a competition held every two years, alternating with the Eurovision Young Dancers, where EBU member states send young musicians under 19.
So far 6 countries have confirmed their participation in Cologne: Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany (host nation), Malta (debuting), the Netherlands and Norway.
While a country has already selected its entrant (the Netherland will be represented by Lucie Horsch who will play the recorder), other countries are starting their selection process.
OSLO, NORWAY – In Norway, the selection is called “Virtuos” and 8 hopefuls have already been chosen by a jury. On January 9th, a semi-final will be held and 5 of them will get the chance to perform during the final on February 9th. A jury of 4 professional musicians will choose the qualifiers. In 2012, Norwegian viola prodigy Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad won the Eurovision Young Musicians in Vienna.
PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC – The Czech Republic has recently published the rules of its selection. On February 15th and 16th, a 5 member jury will choose the Czech entrant. Candidates must be under 19, come from conservatories or music schools, and can perform any instrument.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Austrian national broadcaster also invited artists for the national final of Eurovision Young Musicians, the national final of which will take place on March 20th. ORF requests 2/3 of solo or chamber works and 2/3 concert clips. Entrants are only allowed piano accompaniment