Eurovision Young Musicians


19 March 2020 - It is with great regret that the EBU and HRT have taken the decision to postpone Eurovision Young Musicians 2020, due to the ongoing situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The EBU and HRT will continue planning for the event but no decision on a future date for the competition will be taken until the end of the current disruption can be foreseen.



Croatian EBU Member HRT will host the 20th edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians.

The Grand Final of the event for talented young classical musicians, aged between 12 and 21 is expected to be held on an open-air stage in King Tomislav Square in the Croatian capital.

Participating Countries

•    Croatia (HRT)
•    Czech Republic (CT)
•    Estonia (ERR)
•    Germany (WDR)
•    Greece (ERT)
•    Malta (PBS)
•    Norway (NRK)
•    Poland (TVP)
•    Slovenia (RTVSLO)
•    Sweden (SVT)
•    Ukraine (UA:PBC)

More details on the participants for this year's competiion will be released later.


Russia's Ivan Bessonov won the last edition of Eurovision Young Musicians in August 2018 at the Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

The 19th edition was broadcast by EBU Members in 18 participating countries, 12 of them live.

2018’s competition saw the return of a semi-final elimination round, which took 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).

Ivan performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1, 3rd movement. He received a custom-made engraved trophy, EUR 7,000 and chance to perform with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a forthcoming season. The runner-up, violinist Nikola Pajanović, from Slovenia received a EUR 3,000 prize.

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 was produced by the European Broadcasting Union in partnership with the prestigious Edinburgh International Festival and hosted by BBC Radio 3, BBC Scotland and BBC Arts Digital.

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 of the Eurovision Young Musicians competition have gone on to enjoy huge success on the world-stage, and include Julian Rachlin (violin), Natalie Clein (cello) and Eivind Holtsmark Ringstad (viola).


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. 




2018: Semi-finals, 18 minutes per contestant / Final, 90 minutes

Target age


Contact detail

Dave Goodman
Communications Lead - Eurovision Song Contest and Junior Eurovision Song Contest

+41 79 634 9097