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Eurovision Young Musicians

The 19th edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians competition will be staged in Edinburgh from 18 - 23 August, hosted by BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 3.

18 EBU Members will be taking part - the highest number since 2006.

2018’s competition sees the return of a semi-final elimination round, which will take the form of public chamber recitals (Festival Theatre Studio) by all contestants on 18-19 August, with all recitals produced by BBC Radio 3 for distribution to the Euroradio network (as well as via web stream).

The final concert will take place at the city’s most iconic venue, the Usher Hall on 23 August 2018, with the musicians accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under their principal conductor Thomas Dausgaard.

About the Event

The contest has been held every two years since 1982. It is an international classical music event aimed at offering the broadest possible stage to talented young classical musicians and helping them embark on an international career. Previous winners include Julian Rachlin (1988), Nathalie Clein (1994), Ziyu He (2014) and Łukasz Dyczko (2016).


The first Eurovision Young Musicians (EYM) was held in Manchester (UK) on 11 June 1982. Since then it has been held six times in Vienna, twice in Cologne and Switzerland (Geneva, Lucerne) and once each in Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Brussels, Warsaw, Lisbon, Bergen and Berlin.

Official Eurovision Young Musicians website:




Semi-finals: 18 minutes per contestant / Final: 90 minutes

Target age


Semi-Finals: 18-19 August, Studio of the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh / Final: 23 August, Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 19:30 – 21:00 BST

Host broadcaster: BBC (BBC Scotland, BBC Radio 3, BBC Arts Digital) / Producer: BBC Studios

Participating Broadcasters
RTSH (Albania), RTBF (Belgium), HRT (Croatia), Czech TV, ERR (Estonia), WDR (Germany), ERT (Greece), MTVA (Hungary), Kan IPBC (Israel), PBS (Malta), NRK (Norway), TVP (Poland), RTR (Russia), RTV (San Marino), RTVS (Slovenia), RTVE (Spain), SVT (Sweden), BBC (United Kingdom)

Contact details

Matthew Trustram
Project Manager
+41 22 717 2623