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Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: The rules, the prizes, the trophy

Detail of the 2018 trophy
Detail of the 2018 trophy
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Posted 15 August 2018 at 14:59

Only a couple more days until the competition kicks off in Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Time to get acquainted with the rules of this year's contest, the prizes and the trophy!

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.

Semi-Finals

On 18 and 19 August, our 18 participants face the first stage of the competition; a Semi-Final recital round consisting of a public concert (as part of the Edinburgh International Festival musical programme), either solo or with piano accompaniment for a maximum duration of 18 minutes. These Semi-Finals are arranged into groups of three, with six one-hour Semi-Final recitals taking place across the two days.
A panel of expert jury members will watch all Semi-Finals and assign points out of 10 based on specific criteria (Technical Accuracy, Quality of Sound, Interpretation and Performance). Scores will be summed and contestants ranked in order. These final scores will be presented to the Jury at the end of the final Semi-Final Recital, who shall then retire to deliberate. Following discussion, the Jury may make changes to the numerical rankings by universal agreement. Following this deliberation, the Jury will announce the names of the six finalists in a randomized order. The rankings and scores of the Semi-Finals will not be published to avoid prejudicing the Final Jury.

Final

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.
Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland
Usher Hall in Edinburgh, Scotland

The trophy

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.
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Trophy
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 Trophy © EBU
Want to know everything about this year's participants? Click here to read all about them in our Destination Edinburgh series.
Want to get to know the Jury? Click here to learn everything about them.
Over the next few days, we will tell you what you can expect from us during this exciting week, so stay tuned!
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Detail of the 2018 trophy
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Josianne Zwart