Eurovision Young Musicians 1996

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Eurovision Young Musicians 1996
Final12 June 1996
VenueCentro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon, Portugal
ConductorLuis Izquierdo
Host broadcasterRádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP)
Number of entries17 (8 qualified)
Debuting countriesNone
Returning countriesNone
Withdrawing countries Croatia
Voting systemJury chose their top 3 favourites by vote.
Winning musician

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.[1] 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.[1] Seven countries withdrew from the 1996 contest; they were Croatia, Denmark, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Russia and Sweden.[1]

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.[2]


Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisbon. Venue of the Eurovision Young Musicians 1996.

Cultural Centre of Belém (Portuguese: Centro Cultural de Belém), a cultural centre in Lisbon, Portugal, was the host venue for the 1996 edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians.[1]

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.


Preliminary round[edit]

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.[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 Result
01  Norway Gunilla Süssmann Piano -
02   Switzerland Antoine Rebstein Piano -
03  Poland Maria Nowak Violin -
04  Latvia Baiba Skride Violin -
05  France Fanny Clamagirand Violin -
06  Austria Lidia Baich Violin 2
07  Estonia Hanna Heinmaa Piano 3
08  Germany Julia Fischer Violin 1


EBU members from the following countries broadcast the final round.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Eurovision Young Musicians 1996: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Musicians 1996: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 5 March 2014. Retrieved 5 October 2014.

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