Eurovision Young Musicians 1988

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Eurovision Young Musicians 1988
Semi-final 27 May 1988
Final 31 May 1988
Venue Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Presenter(s) Martine Bijl
Conductor Sergiu Comissiona
Director Klaas Rusticus
Executive producer Denise Kröner
Host broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS)
Interval act A film about the week of the participants in the Netherlands
Number of entries 16 (6 qualified)
Debuting countries
Returning countries None
Withdrawing countries
Voting system Jury chose their top 3 favourites by vote.
Winning song

The Eurovision Young Musicians 1988 was the fourth edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians, held at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 31 May 1988.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), musicians from six countries participated in the televised final. A total of sixteen countries took part in the competition. All participants had to be younger than 19 and performed a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted by Sergiu Comissiona.[1] Cyprus and Spain made their début, and Israel withdrew from the 1988 contest.[1]

The non-qualified countries were Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. For the second year in a row, the host country did not qualify for the final. The semifinal took place on 27 May, 4 days before the final.[1] Julian Rachlin of Austria won the contest, with Norway and Italy placing second and third respectively.[2]


For more details on the host venue, see Concertgebouw.
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Venue of the Eurovision Young Musicians 1988.

The Concertgebouw (also known as the "Royal Concertgebouw") a concert hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands, was the host venue for the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians.[1]

The Dutch term "concertgebouw" literally translates into English as "concert building". On 11 April 2013, on occasion of the building's 125th anniversary, Queen Beatrix bestowed the Royal Title "Koninklijk" upon the building, as she did previously on to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.[3] Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, along with places such as Boston's Symphony Hall[4][5] and the Musikverein in Vienna.[6]


Martine Bijl was the host of the 1988 contest.[1] Each participating country were able to send male or female artists who were no older than 19 years of age, to represent them by playing a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted under Sergiu Comissiona[1]


Preliminary round[edit]

A total of sixteen countries took part in the preliminary round of the 1988 contest, of which six qualified to the televised grand final. The following countries failed to qualify.[1]


Awards were given to the top three countries. The table below highlights these using gold, silver, and bronze. The placing results of the remaining participants is unknown and never made public by the European Broadcasting Union.[2]

Draw Country Performer Instrument Piece Result
01  Finland Jan Söderblom Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra no.5 in A, KV 219 by W. A. Mozart
02  United Kingdom David Pyatt Horn Concerto for French horn and orchestra no.1 in E flat, op.11 by R. Strauss
03  Italy Domenico Nordio Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra in d, op.47 by J. Sibelius 3
04  West Germany Nikolai Schneider Cello Concerto for cello and orchestra no.1 in a, op.33 by C. Saint-Saëns
05  Austria Julian Rachlin Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra in d, op.22 by H. Wieniawski 1
06  Norway Leif Ove Andsnes Piano Concerto for piano and orchestra no.3 in C, op.26 by S. Prokofiev 2

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i the show "Eurovision Young Musicians 1988: About the show" Check |url= value (help). European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Musicians 1988: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Koninklijke status voor Het Concertgebouw". Concertgebouw NV. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  4. ^ April 11, 1888: Concertgebouw, Home of Nearly Perfect Acoustics, Opens
  5. ^ R.W. Apple, Jr., Apple's America (North Point Press, 2005), ISBN 0-86547-685-3.
  6. ^ Tapio Lahti and Henrik Möller. "Concert Hall Acoustics and the Computer". ARK - The Finnish Architectural Review.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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