Eurovision Young Musicians 1996
|Eurovision Young Musicians 1996|
|Final||12 June 1996|
|Venue||Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal|
|Host broadcaster||Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)|
|Number of entries||17 (8 qualified)|
|Withdrawing countries|| Croatia|
|Voting system||Jury chose their top 3 favourites by vote.|
The Eurovision Young Musicians 1996 was the eighth edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians, held at Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon, Portugal on 12 June 1996. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP), musicians from eight countries participated in the televised final. Out of the 22 countries, 14 did not qualify to the final, including the host country Portugal. All participants performed a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Luis Izquierdo. Seven countries withdrew from the 1996 contest; they were Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Russia and Sweden.
The disqualified countries included Belgium, Cyprus, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and United Kingdom. For the fourth time, the host country did not qualify for the final. Julia Fischer of Germany won the contest, with Austria and Estonia placing second and third respectively.
Located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém (in the municipality of Lisbon), it is the largest building with cultural facilities in Portugal. The CCB's 140,000 m² spaces was initially built to accommodate the European Presidency, but adapted to provide spaces for conferences, exhibitions and artistic venues (such as opera, ballet and symphony concerts), in addition to political and research congresses, high security meeting halls, and a 7,000 m² exhibition area.
A total of twenty-two countries took part in the preliminary round of the 1996 contest, of which eight qualified to the televised grand final. The following countries failed to qualify.
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.
EBU members from the following countries broadcast the final round.
- "Eurovision Young Musicians 1996: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
- "Eurovision Young Musicians 1996: Participants". youngmusicians.tv. European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.