Eurovision Young Musicians 1998

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Eurovision Young Musicians 1998
Final 4 June 1998
Venue Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s) Julian Rachlin
Conductor Dennis Russell Davies
Host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Interval act Julian Rachlin
Number of entries 13 (8 qualified)
Debuting countries  Slovakia
Returning countries  Croatia
Withdrawing countries  Belgium
Voting system Jury chose their top 3 favourites by vote.
Winning song

The Eurovision Young Musicians 1998 was the ninth edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians, held at Konzerthaus in Vienna, Austria on 4 June 1998.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), musicians from eight countries participated in the televised final. Austria and broadcaster ORF previously hosted the contest in 1990. A total of thirteen countries took part in the competition. All participants performed a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Russell Davies.[1] Slovakia made their début, while Croatia and Sweden returned to the contest. Seven countries withdrew from the 1998 contest; they were Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Portugal, and Switzerland.[1]

The non-qualified countries were Cyprus, Estonia, Ireland, Norway and Spain. Lidia Baich of host country Austria won the contest, with Croatia and United Kingdom placing second and third respectively.[2]


Konzerthaus, Vienna. Venue of the Eurovision Young Musicians 1998.

The Konzerthaus, a concert hall in Vienna, Austria, was the host venue for the 1998 edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians.[1] Opened in 1913, it is situated in the third district just at the edge of the first district in Vienna. Since it was founded it has always tried to emphasise both tradition and innovative musical styles.

The Konzerthaus has the Vienna Symphony, the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, the Wiener Singakademie and the Klangforum Wien in residence. Several subscriptions also include concerts by the Vienna Philharmonic and other organizations.


Julian Rachlin was the host of the 1998 contest and performed during the interval.[1]


Preliminary round[edit]

A total of thirteen countries took part in the preliminary round of the 1998 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 Piece Result
01  United Kingdom Adrian Spillett Percussion Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, mov. 3 by Joseph Schwantner 3
02  Finland Kalle Toivio Piano Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, no. 2, 1st Mov. by Sergei Prokofiev -
03  Latvia Lauma Skride Piano Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, no. 2, 3rd Mov. by Camille Saint-Saens -
04  Slovenia Borut Zagoranski Accordion Concierto para bandoneon presto by Astor Piazzolla -
05  Slovakia Michal Sťahel Cello Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, adagio by Edward Elgar -
06  Austria Lidia Baich Violin Violin Concerto no. 5, 1st Mov. by Henri Vieuxtemps 1
07  Croatia Monika Leskovar Cello Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra, adagio by Edward Elgar 2
08  Sweden David Sjögren Violin Violin Concerto 3rd Mov. by Peter Tchaikovsky -

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Eurovision Young Musicians 1998: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Musicians 1998: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 

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