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The 2018 finalists and their instruments

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Finalists
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Finalists
Photo by: Helena Nilsson / EBU
Posted 23 August 2018 at 12:21

Between rehearsals, we caught up with our six finalists in the Usher Hall and asked them about the relationship they have with their instruments. And one finalist told us there will be a surprise in his performance tonight.

For musicians, their instrument is of the utmost importance. They travel with it everywhere they go, and sometimes the instrument even gets its own seat on an airplane. That is also the case for our young musicians who qualified for this year's Final of Eurovision Young Musicians. Find out about the the Czech Republic's double bass, Germany's violin, Hungary's saxophone, Norway's cello, Russia's piano and Slovenia's violin.

Czech Republic - Indi Stivín

The Czech Republic's Indi Stivín arrived a lot later in Edinburgh than the other participants, but for a good reason, as he explains: "I had a very long journey because I travelled all the way from the Czech Republic to Edinburgh by car. A double bass can't be moved via airplane. I travelled for two days, but I am here now and I am very happy to be here!"
In the Semi-Final we saw Indi wearing a typical Scottish kilt. So will he wear something special during his Final performance as well? "I can't tell you anything yet, but I will have a surprise in the Final", he says.

Germany - Mira Foron

Germany's Mira Foron plays a very old violin: "It's not mine, but it is an Italian instrument." Quite a coincidence, as Mira has Italian roots: "Yes, my mom is Italian!". We asked her if she will bring her Italian heritage into her Final recital: "Italians are emotional people and I am that as well, so yes: you might see that in my performance."

Hungary - Máté Bencze

Instruments can be quite expensive, and that is why young musicians have them on loan most of the times, just like Máté from Hungary: "The soprano is from my school and the alto is also borrowed to me." If Máté wins Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, he wants to spend his prize money on purchasing his own instruments.

Norway - Birgitta Elisa Oftestad

Norway's Birgitta Elisa Oftestad plays the cello and explained that she borrowed this particular cello especially for this competition. With a big smile, she says: "It has its own seat on the plane, it's like my best friend!"

Russia - Ivan Bessonov

The only participant not to bring his own instrument along, is Russia's Ivan Bessonov. A piano is very difficult to transport, he explains: "Only the most prominent musicians who can afford this, travel with their own pianos. It is quite big and it is difficult to travel with. That is why I have to deal with pianos on site, I need to get used to them and find a proper sound. But this can also be very good motivation."

Slovenia - Nikola Pajanović

Nikola has a fascinating story about his instrument: "My violin was made six years ago, so it's still a baby violin. It was actually made by a heart surgeon, Philipp Bonhoeffer, who invented a valve implantation technique and then he started making violins. His best friend is one the most-known violin makers: Stefan Peter Greiner. And Philipp learned from him, worked with him and then started making his own violins. This is his third violin."

Tonight these six finalists will be competing for the title of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018, so be sure to to watch the live stream at 20:30 CEST and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for behind the scenes updates!

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Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Finalists
Photo by: Helena Nilsson / EBU
Contributors
JZ
Josianne Zwart