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Ivan Bessonov from Russia wins Eurovision Young Musicians 2018

Ivan Bessonov, winner of the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 with the Trophy
Ivan Bessonov, winner of the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 with the Trophy
Photo by: Ryan Buchanan / Edinburgh International Festival
Posted 23 August 2018 at 20:09

After a dazzling Final bursting with young talent, pianist Ivan Bessonov from Russia was announced winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018. He performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1, 3rd movement. Nikola Pajanović from Slovenia finished second.

Also competing in the final were Hungary’s Máté Bencze on Saxophone, German violinist Mira Marie Foron, cellist Birgitta Oftestad from Norway, Czech double bassist Indi Stivín and Slovenian violinist Nikola Pajanović.

About Ivan Bessonov

The 16-year-old Ivan Bessonov was born in 2002 and began to study the piano at the age of six. Currently he studies at the Central Music School at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory.
Ivan performs recitals and concertos in Russia and abroad and has participated in various music festivals. He worked with the State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan and the Symphony Orchestra of the State Academic Capella of St. Petersburg, with outstanding contemporary conductors - Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Spivakov, Alexander Sladkovsky and others.
In 2016, Ivan presented a solo program at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. Ivan also composes music; in 2015 he made his debut as a film score composer for the documentary film Varicella by Victor Kossakovsky, the premiere of which took place at the Message to Man international film festival in St Petersburg.
Ivan participated in the established young talent contest Sinyaya Ptitsa (Blue Bird) and was selected to represent Russia at the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 in Edinburgh.

Congratulations

President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, congratulated Ivan on his win: "He has won the sympathy of the audience all over the world." Putin thanked Ivan's teachers, and wished the young musician "prosperity, inspiration and success".
The EBU’s Director of Media, Jean Philip De Tender congratulated the winner and praised the production: "This edition of Eurovision Young Musicians shows, once again, that public service media is bringing the richness of Europe's next generation of classical music soloists to audiences across the world. The BBC did a tremendous job with the new format," he added.  "All the performers excelled, especially Ivan Bessonov and we wish him well in his future career."
This year's Eurovision Young Musicians, organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and hosted by the BBC, was broadcast live from the Usher Hall in in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. The winner of Eurovision Young Musicians was decided by a world-class Jury consisting of Sir James MacMillan, Marin Alsop, Anna Meredith and Andrew Moore.

The programme

Norway was up first in the Final with cellist Birgitta Elisa Oftestad, playing Cello Concerto, 4th movement by Elgar. Slovenia's violin player Nikola Pajanović was on second, playing Tchaikovski's Violin Concerto, 3rd movement. Third to take to the stage was finalist Indi Stivín from the Czech Republic, performing his own works Bohemian Suite for Double Bass, 2nd & 3rd movements. Then Germany's Mira Foron played Violin Concerto, 3rd movement by Sibelius. Fifth to play on stage with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra was Máté Bencze from Hungary, he played a rendition of Concerto da Camera for Saxophone. The finalist to close the Final was Ivan Bessonov from Russia, performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1, 3rd movement.
Following all six performance, the jury gathered their score sheets and discussed the outcome, the Final Jury then announced the winner of Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 live on stage during the televised broadcast.

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Ivan Bessonov, winner of the Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 with the Trophy
Photo by: Ryan Buchanan / Edinburgh International Festival
Contributors
JZ
Josianne Zwart
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Evert Groot