Throwback Thursday: Eurovision Young Musicians in the 00s
The 'Großer Saal' at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany
Photo by: Sebastian Runge
Posted 28 June 2018 at 14:05
Every week, we are getting closer to the nineteenth edition of Eurovision Young Musicians in Edinburgh. Today, we look back on all previous editions that took place in the 00s. Travel back in time with us to Bergen, Berlin, Lucerne and Vienna.
The 00s mark the years in which the 10th until the 14th editions of the competition took place. Young Musicians no older than 19 years of age could participate with a piece of their own choosing. A special edition marks the one in 2006, in which the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was celebrated, but more on that later. Let's look back on the 00s!
The 10th edition of Eurovision Young Musicians took place in Bergen, Norway at the Grieg Hall (or Grieghallen in Norwegian). Fun fact: this was also the location for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1986. There were 24 participants in total, and eight of them were selected to perform in the televised Final, accompanied by Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra under the leadership of Simone Young.
The eight qualifiers were Austria, Finland, France, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Russia and the Netherlands.
Stanislaw Drzewiecki from Poland won the competition, with Finland's Timo-Veikko Valve and Russia's Nikolai Tokarev placing second and third respectively.
The 11th Eurovision Young Musicians final was held at Konzerthaus in Berlin, Germany on 19 June 2002. A total of 20 participants competed, with the Czech Republic and Romania making their début.
Only seven participants qualified for the final: Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Poland, Slovenia and the United Kingdom. The finalists were accompanied by the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under the leadership of Marek Janowski.
Dalibor Karvay from Austria won the competition, with the United Kingdom's Sarah Williamson and Slovenia's Karmen Pečar placing second and third respectively.
The 12th edition of Eurovision Young Musicians competition took place at the KKL Luzern, Lucerne (Switzerland) on 27 May, 2004. A total of 16 countries took part in this edition, but only seven countries made it to the final: Austria, Estonia, Germany, Norway, Poland, Russia and Switzerland.
For the first time, the host and the conductor were the same person, in this case, it was Austrian conductor Christian Arming.
Austria's Alexandra Soumm won the competition, with Germany's Koryun Asatryan and Russia's Dinara Nadzhafova placing second and third respectively.
The 2006 Eurovision Young Musicians competition took place on the open air stage at the Rathausplatz in Vienna (Austria) on May 12, 2006. A total of 18 countries participated in the 13th edition of the contest.
The young musicians from the 7 participating countries in the final (Austria, Norway, Romania, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) were accompained by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra directed by Christian Arming.
Fun fact: due to the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the pieces performed by the finalists were restricted to Mozart or pieces from his contemporaries.
Sweden's Andres Brantelid won the competition, with Norway's Tine Thing Helseth and Russia's Dmitry Mayboroda placing second and third respectively.
Two years later, Eurovision Young Musicians was back in Vienna and back at the Rathausplatz. A total of 16 countries participated; Ukraine and Serbia made their début that year.
The young musicians from the 7 participating countries in the final (Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom) were accompained by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra directed by Aleksandar Markovic.
Greece's Dionysios Grrammenos won the competition, with Finland's Roope Gröndahl and Eldbjorg Hemsing from Norway placing second and third respectively.
Do you want to know more about the history of Eurovision Young Musicians? Stay tuned, next week we will tell you everything about the contest in the 2010s.