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Roundup: first 9 countries perform in Semi-Final 1, 2 & 3

Photo by: Ryan Buchanan / Edinburgh International Festival
Posted 18 August 2018 at 19:04

On Semi-Final day 1, we were able to enjoy performances of Malta, the UK, Spain, Slovenia, San Marino, Poland, Hungary, Greece and Israel. Semi-Final 1, 2 and 3 were broadcast live from the Studio of the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Semi-Final 1: Malta, UK & Spain

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 was kicked off by Malta’s Bernice Sammut Attard on the piano. She performed Trois Pièces, Toccata (No.3) by F. Poulenc, S. Rachmaninov's Prelude in C Minor No.7 Op. 23 and Prelude in G# Minor No.12 Op. 32. She concluded with Scherzo No.2 in Bb Minor Op. 31 by F. Chopin.
Second to perform was the United Kingdom's Maxim Calver on the cello. Maxim played W. Lutoslawski's Sacher VariationCello Sonata op.99, II - Adagio Affettuoso by J. Brahms and Suite Italienne, No. 5 Minuetto e Finale by I. Stravinsky.
The third and final participant of Semi-Final 1 was Sara Valencia. On the violin she gave a rendition of Pablo Sarasate's Caprice Basque / Capricho vasco Op. 24Caprice no.13 B-flat major by Niccolo Paganini and Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto no.1 G minor Op. 26, 3rd movement.

Semi-Final 2: Slovenia, San Marino & Poland

Slovenia's Nikola Pajanović opened Semi-Final 2 on the violin, playing Tambourin Chinois by 1. F. Kreisler, Capriccio no. 7 by N. Paganini and E. Ysaӱe with Sonata for violin solo No. 3 in D minor ("Ballade") 0.
Francesco Stefanelli from San Marino then took the stage, playing the cello. He performed Violoncello Totale for cello solo by K. Penderecki, Cello Sonata F major op.99, I mov. by J. Brahms, G. Fauré with Papillon op.77 4. and B. Britten's Sonata for cello and piano in C op. 65, V mov. Moto Perpetuo.
On the flute, Poland's Marta Chlebicka played Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach's Hamburger Sonate G major/Sol majeur and Wilhelm Popp with Rigoletto Fantasie op. 335.

Semi-Final 3: Hungary, Greece & Israel

As the last Semi-Final of the day got underway, Hungary's saxophone player Máté Bencze played Jules Demersseman's Fantaisie sur un thème original, Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata in G minor BWV. 1020, 1st - Allegro 3 and Pequeña Czarda by Pedro Iturralde.
Second to perform in Semi-Final 3 was Thanos Tzanetakis from Greece on the guitar; playing David Kellner with Fantasia in D minor, William Walton's Five Bagatelles for guitar, 3rd Bagatelle and 5th Bagatelle. He concluded with Miguel Llobet's Variaciones sobre un tema de Fernando Sor Op. 19.
Israel's Tamir Naaman-Pery provided the finale of Semi-Final day 1. The young cellist played Hungarian Rhapsody Op. 68 by D. Popper and G. Cassado's Suite for Cello N/A, 1st mov Preludio-Fantasia.

9 more performances tomorrow!

Today the first half of our 18 participants has taken to the stage, and tomorrow it is time for Estonia, Belgium, Albania, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway and Croatia. Read more about the Semi-Finals and find links to the live broadcast of Semi-Final 4, 5 and 6 HERE.
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