Biennial classical competition held this year in Edinburgh with 18 contestants, of which ten play bowed strings


Alexandra Cooreman, representing Belgium
Photo: Hadrien Hanse

Eurovision Young Musicians, the classical music competition organised by the European Broadcasting Union, is taking place within the Edinbrugh International Festival this year. 

The 18 contenstands have been nominated by their home countries either through a local competition or selected by expert committees. Ten of the 18 are bowed string players:

  • Maxim Calver (UK), 18, cello
  • Alexandra Cooreman (Belgium), 15, violin
  • Mira Foron (Germany), 16, violin
  • Tamir Naaman-Pery (Israel), 18, cello
  • Birgitta Elisa Oftestad (Norway), 16, cello
  • Nikola Pajanović (Slovenia), 18, violin
  • Francesco Stefanelli (San Marino), 18, cello
  • Indi Stivín (Czech Republic), 17, double bass
  • Sara Valencia (Spain), 18, violin
  • Klaudio Zoto (Albania), 15, cello 

The remaining contestants are:

  • Johanna Ander Ljung (Sweden), 19, harp
  • Máté Bencze (Hungary), 18, saxophone
  • Ivan Bessonov (Russia), 16, piano
  • Marta Chlebicka (Poland), 18, flute
  • Tanel-Eiko Novikov (Estonia), 18, percussion
  • Bernice Sammut Attard (Malta), 18, piano
  • Jan Tominić (Croatia), 14, saxophone
  • Thanos Tzanetakis (Greece), 17, guitar

The semi-finals, in which each young musician will give a recital, will take place across 18 and 19 August. Six of them will proceed to the 23 August final at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra conducted by Thomas Dausgaard.

The winner will receive a trophy, a €7,000 cash prize and a performance opportunity with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in the next season.

Previous winners of the competition include Julian Rachlin (1988), Natalie Clein (1994),  Julia Fischer (1996), Alexandra Soumm (2004), and Ziyu He (2015).