Eurovision Young Musicians through the years: Key facts
The very first Eurovision Young Musicians was held in 1982 in Manchester in the United Kingdom. The competition returns to the UK in 2018.
Posted 14 March, 2018, 14:06
On 23rd August 2018 the 19th edition of the biennial Eurovision Young Musicians will take place and with 18 countries participating it will be the biggest event since 2006. The 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians will mark the first time that the contest has been held in Scotland and the first time that the contest has returned to the United Kingdom since the inaugural edition was held in Manchester in 1982.
As we look back at the eighteen editions of Eurovision Young Musicians, we see that Austria is at the very top of the leaderboard with five wins. The last time Austria won was in 2014 when Ziyu He took home the trophy. Coincidentally, it was also the year that Austria won the Eurovision Song Contest.
Poland has also enjoyed success in the competition as well. The country won three times, in respectively 1992, 2000 and in the most recent edition of the contest: 2016. Łukasz Dyczko was chosen by the five-member professional jury as the winner, after his saxophone performance of Waignein's Rhapsody pour Saxophone alto.
Flashback to 1982
The very first Eurovision Young Musicians was held in 1982 in Manchester in the United Kingdom. The contest was inspired by the success of the BBC Young Musician of the Year.
At the start of the show, Humphrey Burton welcomed the six participating countries (United Kingdom, France, Austria, Germany, Norway and Switzerland) in three languages: English, French and German.
Each country sent a musician, male or female, no older than 19. The artist had to play an instrument and a musical piece of his/her choice, accompanied by the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bryden Thomson. After all six musicians performed, the jury voted and chose the top three performances:
Since 1982, the event has taken place in ten countries and out of eighteen editions, Austria has hosted six.