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Throwback Thursday: Eurovision Young Musicians in the 80s

Victoria Hall Geneva
Victoria Hall Geneva
Photo by: Franck Mentha
Posted 14 June 2018 at 12:28

On 23rd August 2018 the 19th edition of the biennial Eurovision Young Musicians will take place and with eightteen countries participating it will be the biggest event since 2006. Today we look back on the first four editions held in the 1980s: Manchester, Geneva, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

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.
Trade Hall, Manchester
Trade Hall, Manchester © Manchester Libraries

1982: Manchester

The very first Eurovision Young Musicians was held in 1982 in Manchester in the United Kingdom, a contest inspired by the success of the BBC Young Musician of the Year. The host 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 and they each had to play an instrument and a musical piece of his/her choice, accompanied by the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra conducted by Bryden Thomson.
Germany's Markus Pawlik won the contest, with France's Paul Meyer and Switzerland's Bertrand Roulet placing second and third respectively.

1984: Geneva

The second edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians Contest took place in the Victoria Hall of Geneva, Switzerland on May 22, 1984.
A total of seven countries took part: Switzerland, Finland, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Austria, France and Germany. Finland and the Netherlands made their debut, while Norway did not compete in the competition. All seven participants had to perform a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Roman Swiss Orchestra conducted by Horst Stein.
Isabelle van Keulen from the Netherlands won the contest, with Finland's Olli Mustonen and the United Kingdom's Emma Johnson placing second and third respectively.

1986: Copenhagen

The third edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians competition took place at the Radiohusets Koncertsal in Copenhagen, Denmark on May 27, 1986.
A total amount of fifteen countries took part in the event, but only six made it to the final: Finland, France, Yugoslavia, United Kingdom and Switzerland. The finalists were all accompanied by the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Hans Graf.
Sandrine Lazarides from France won the contest, with Switzerland's Marian Rosenfeld and Finland's Jan-Erik Gustafsson placing second and third respectively.
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Main Hall
Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Main Hall © Fred George

1988: Amsterdam

The fourth edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians competition took place at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on May 31, 1988.
A total of sixteen countries took part in the competition but only six made it to the final: Austria, Finland, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom and Germany. Cyprus and Spain made their début, Israel did not compete that year. All participants had to be younger than 19 and had to perform a classical piece of their choice accompained by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted by Sergiu Comissiona. The venue had a very special guest that year: Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands came by for a visit.
Austria's Julian Rachlin won the contest, with Norway's Leif Ove Andsnes and Italy's Domenico Nordio placing second and third respectively.
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Victoria Hall Geneva
Photo by: Franck Mentha
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Josianne Zwart