Each young musician has already completed a tough selection process to be able to represent their own country. Contestants are selected either via televised national competition or by a committee of musical experts with knowledge of the local musical scenes.
The Final takes place a few days later on 23 August, where each of the six finalists will perform for up to 12' (one or more movements of a single musical work), accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Here, a different jury will once again score the contestants based on the same criteria as during the Semi-Finals. After all six performances, the jury shall retire to discuss the results. Here again, they may declare the winner to be the candidate with the highest score or, by mutual agreement, change the result. This is to ensure that over-reliance on numerical scoring does not yield an incorrect winner. The Final Jury then announces the winner live on stage during the televised broadcast.
The winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will receive a custom-made engraved trophy, a cash prize of € 7,000 and a performance opportunity with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a forthcoming season.
The runner-up will not go home empty-handed, the number 2 of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will receive a cash prize of €3,000.
Over the next few days, we will tell you what you can expect from us during this exciting week, so stay tuned!