The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is pleased to announce the 20th edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians competition will be hosted by its Croatian Member HRT in Zagreb.
The Grand Final of the event for talented young classical musicians, aged between 12 and 21, will take place on 21 June 2020.
Young musicians from around Europe will perform on an open-air stage in King Tomislav Square in the Croatian capital.
The final is scheduled to coincide with Fête de la Musique or World Music Day which celebrates music of all genres being performed outdoors.
“We are delighted to bring the 20th Eurovision Young Musicians competition to Croatia in 2020. HRT have been closely involved with this format for over 20 years and are very much a part of its heritage,” said the EBU’s Executive Supervisor of Eurovision Live Events, Jon Ola Sand.
“We know that HRT will produce a fantastic event for the best young classical musicians to shine. This competition has launched some of the biggest stars of the classical world and we’re looking forward to giving the big names of the future an international stage next summer.”
“HRT is exceptionally honoured to host Eurovision Young Musicians in 2020 in Zagreb! We will stage the competition for the very first time and, as it is the 20th edition, that makes us even more proud. We are pleased to partner with the Croatian Ministry of Culture and the City of Zagreb for the event,” added Kazimir Bačić, Director General of HRT.
“As a country that is known around the world for its hard-working musical talents as well as its great cultural heritage. Croatia, Zagreb and HRT are ready for this wonderful experience. We’d like to thank the EBU for giving HRT this opportunity.''
18 young musicians took part in the last competition in 2018 which was won by 16-year-old Russian pianist Ivan Bessonov.
Previous winners of Eurovision Young Musicians also include world-famous names Julian Rachlin (violin), Natalie Clein (cello) and Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (viola).
More details about participating broadcasters and the format of next year’s event will follow later.