For more than 70 years the Edinburgh International Festival has been bringing audiences and artists from around the world together. Established in 1947, the festival is celebration of the performing arts, has a mission to bring affordable international culture to an international audience and encourages its audience to participate in the arts throughout the year.
Eurovision Young Musicians has become one of the most important international classical music competitions and allows the contestants to perform to the widest possible audience. Head of Live Events at the EBU, Jon Ola Sand, said: "By partnering with the Edinburgh International Festival, one of the world’s greatest arts events, we are thrilled to be bringing this huge showcase for young classical musicians to an even bigger audience."
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 will take place between 18 amd 23 August, during the Edinburgh International Festival, and will see 18 EBU Member Broadcasters bringing talented young classical musicians between 12 and 21 years old.
Each contestant will perform an 18 minute long public chamber recital in the Festival Theatre Studio on 18 or 19 August. Six candidates will be selected by an expert jury to perform in the Grand Final on Thursday 23 August at Usher Hall, which coincidentally hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972. The finalists will be accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor, Thomas Dausgaard.
A select amount of tickets for the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians is still available: