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#EYM20: Eurovision Young Musicians – The 1980’s In Brief

This Sunday should have seen the Final of Eurovision Young Musicians 2020, however due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been postponed to an unknown date. Here at Eurovision Ireland, we are looking back at it’s history so far.

1982

The first edition of Eurovision Young Musicians took place in Manchester, the United Kingdom, in the Free Trade Hall. The first edition saw Austria, France, Germany, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom make their debut.

Manchester saw the top three Musicians been announced:

  • 1st – Markus Pawlik (Germany/Piano)
  • 2nd – Paul Meyer (France/Clarinet)
  • 3rd – Bertrand Roulet (Switzerland/Piano)

1984

Switzerland hosted the second edition of Eurovision Young Musicians, in Victoria Hall, Geneva. While Norway withdrew from the Contest, both Finland and The Netherlands made their debut, keeping participation at a steady seven countries.

Geneva also saw the top three Musicians been announced:

  • 1st – Isabelle van Keulen (The Netherlands/Violin)
  • 2nd – Olli Mustonen (Finland/Piano)
  • 3rd – Emma Johnson (United Kingdom/Clarinet)

1986

The third edition of Eurovision Young Musicians came from Copenhagen, Denmark, from the Koncerthuset, Radiohuset. Norway returned to the line-up, along with seven debuting nations – Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Sweden and Yugoslavia.

Five countries made the Final in Copenhagen, which saw the top three announced:

  • 1st – Sandrine Lazarides (France/Piano)
  • 2nd – Marian Rosenfeld (Switzerland/Piano)
  • 3rd – Jan-Erik Gustafsson (Finland/Cello)

The United Kingdom and Yugoslavia also qualified for the Final in Copenhagen.

1988

The Netherlands hosted the fourth edition of Eurovision Young Musicians, in Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. While Israel withdrew from the Contest, both Cyprus and Spain made their debut.

Six countries made the Final in Amsterdam, which saw the top three announced:

  • 1st – Julian Rachlin (Austria/Violin)
  • 2nd – Leif Ove Andsnes (Norway/Piano)
  • 3rd – Domenico Nordio (Italy/Violin)

Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom also qualified for the Final in Amsterdam.

Author: Richard Taylor

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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