Eurovision Young Musicians 2008

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Eurovision Young Musicians 2008
Semi-final 14 May 2008
Semi-final 25 May 2008
Final9 May 2008
VenueRathausplatz, Vienna, Austria
Presenter(s)Lidia Baich
Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz
ConductorAleksandar Markovic
Directed byHeidelinde Haschek
Executive supervisorTal Barnea
Executive producerMichael Heinzl
Host broadcasterÖsterreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)
Interval actAngelika Kirchschlager performing "One Life to Live" alone and "We dream together" with the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys' Choir)
Number of entries16 (7 qualified)
Debuting countries
Returning countries Germany
Withdrawing countries
Voting systemEach juror awarded a mark from 1–10 to each performer
Winning musician Greece
Dionysios Grammenos

The Eurovision Young Musicians 2008 was the fourteenth edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians, held at the Rathausplatz in Vienna, Austria on 9 May 2008.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), musicians from seven countries participated in the televised final. This was the second time that the competition was held on an open air stage and was the beginning of the annual Vienna Festival. Austria and broadcaster ORF previously hosted the contest in 1990, 1998 and 2006.[1]

A total of sixteen countries took part in the competition therefore a semi-final was held at the Theater an der Wien on 4 and 5 May 2008. All participants performed a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Aleksandar Markovic.[1] Serbia and Ukraine made their début while Germany returned. Five countries withdrew to the contest, they were Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia and Montenegro and Switzerland.[1]

Dionysios Grammenos of Greece won the contest, with Finland and Norway placing second and third respectively. Grammenos is the first woodwind player to win the competition (previous winners have played piano, violin or cello). A new feature in 2008 was the audience prize, voted for by television viewers in the host country via SMS. The third prize winning Norwegian violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing was the winner of this public vote.[2]


Rathausplatz, Vienna was the host location of the Eurovision Young Musicians 2008 final.

Rathausplatz, a square outside the Wiener Rathaus city hall of Vienna, was the host location for the 2008 edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians final. The Theater an der Wien, a theatre in Vienna, Austria, hosted the semi-final round.[1]


Lidia Baich and Christoph Wagner-Trenkwitz were the hosts of the 2008 contest.[1]



A total of sixteen countries took part in the semi-final round of the 2008 contest, of which seven qualified to the televised grand final.[1]

Part 1 (4 May)[edit]

Draw Country Performer Instrument Piece(s) Result
01 Croatia Croatia Marin Maras Violin

1) Sonata in c minor (Largo-Allegro moderato) (Francesco Geminiani)
2) Scherzino (Franjo Krežma)
3) Zigeunerweisen, op.20 (Pablo de Sarasate)

Failed to qualify
02 United Kingdom United Kingdom Philip Achille Harmonica 1) Little Suite (James Moody) Qualified
03 Austria Austria Sol Daniel Kim Cello

1) 1st Movement of the Sonata for Arpeggione and Piano (Franz Schubert)
2) Variations on a Theme by Rossini (Niccolò Paganini)

Failed to qualify
04 Ukraine Ukraine Anna Fedorova Piano

1) Sonata, Op. 57, I mv. (Ludwig van Beethoven)
2) Trois Valses Opus 70 N1 (Frédéric Chopin)
3) Trois Valses Opus 34 N3 (Frédéric Chopin)

Failed to qualify
05 Germany Germany Kathy Kang Violin

1) Sonata for violin and piano, 2. sentence - Allegro (César Franck)
2) Paganiniana (Nathan Milstein)

Failed to qualify
06 Sweden Sweden Maria Verbaite Piano

1) Sonate in C-Dur Hob. XVI:50 (Joseph Haydn)
2) Piano Study in Mixed Accents (Ruth Crawford Seeger)
3) Islamey: Oriental Fantasy (Mily Balakirev)

Failed to qualify
07 Romania Romania Stefan Besan Violin

1) The Strolling Fiddler for Violin solo, from the Suite (George Enescu)
2) Impressions from childhood in D Major Op.28 (George Enescu)
3) Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A Minor, Op.28 for Violin and Piano (Camille Saint-Saëns)
4) Miniature for Violin and Piano (Gheorghe Neaga)

Failed to qualify
08 Greece Greece Dionysios Grammenos Clarinet

1) Three Pieces for Clarinet solo (Igor Stravinsky)
2) Rigoletto Fantasia Di Concerto (Alamiro Giampieri)


Part 2 (5 May)[edit]

Draw Country Performer Instrument Piece Result
09 Finland Finland Roope Gröhdahl Piano

1) Bagatelle G-Moll, Op. 119, No. 1 (Ludwig van Beethoven)
2) Piano Sonata Op. 1 (Alban Berg)
3) Toccata (Maurice Ravel)

10 Netherlands Netherlands Steven Bourne Cello

1) Sonata for Cello and Piano (Claude Debussy)

11 Slovenia Slovenia Jan Gricar Saxophone

1) Fantasie sur un theme original (Jules Demersseman)
2) Aria and Improvisation (Blaž Pucihar)

12 Norway Norway Eldbjørg Hemsing Violin

1) Tzigane (rapsodie de Concert) (Maurice Ravel)
2) Subito for violin and piano (Witold Lutosławski)

13 Serbia Serbia Mina Zakić Cello

1) Impromptu G-Dur, Op.90 (Franz Schubert)
2) Introduction et Polonaise Brillante, Op.3 (Frédéric Chopin)

Failed to qualify
14 Cyprus Cyprus Orfeas Hiratos Clarinet

1) Sonáta: Allegro (Franz Danzi)
2) Fantasiestuecke I (Robert Schumann)
3) 4 Miniatures: Nos 3 & 4 (Bruno Brun)

Failed to qualify
15 Russia Russia Anastasia Kobekina Cello

1) Rondo (Luigi Boccherini)
2) Noktürn (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
3) At the fountain op. 20/2 (Karl Davidov)

16 Poland Poland Marta Kowalczyk Violin

1) Fantasie Brillante sur Gounod's "Faust" op.20 (Henryk Wieniawski)

Failed to qualify


The 2008 winner, Dionysios Grammenos from Greece

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  Slovenia Jan Cricar Saxophone Pequeña Czarda by Pedro Iturralde -
02  Russia Anastasia Kobekina Cello Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in C Major, 1st movement by Joesph Haydn -
03  United Kingdom Philip Achille Harmonica Concerto for Chromatic Harmonica and Orchestra, 1st movement by Jascha Spivakovsky -
04  Finland Roope Gröndahl Piano Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat Minor, 3rd movement by Peter Tchaikovsky 2
05  Greece Dionysios Grammenos Clarinet Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, 4th movement by Jean Francaix 1
06  Netherlands Steven Bourne Cello Elegie by Gabriel Fauré -
07  Norway Eldbjørg Hemsing Violin Carmen Fantasie by Franz Waxman 3

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]




The competition was transmitted live over the Eurovision Network by 18 broadcasters.[3]

  •  Austria (ORF)
  •  Croatia (HRT)
  •  Cyprus (CyBC)
  •  Finland (Yle)
  •  Germany (WDR)
  •  Greece (ERT)
  •  Iceland (RÚV)
  •  Lithuania (LRT)
  •  Netherlands (NPS)
  •  Norway (NRK)
  •  Poland (TVP)
  •  Romania (TVR)
  •  Russia (KTVC)
  •  Serbia (RTS)
  •  Slovenia (RTVSLO)
  •  Sweden (SVT)
  •  Ukraine (NTU)
  •  United Kingdom (BBC)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Eurovision Young Musicians 2008: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Musicians 2008: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 5 August 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Eurovision Young Musicians - Final Press Release". EBU. 12 May 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2018.

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