Eurovision Young Musicians 2008
|Eurovision Young Musicians 2008|
|Semi-final 1||4 May 2008|
|Semi-final 2||5 May 2008|
|Final||9 May 2008|
|Venue||Rathausplatz, Vienna, Austria|
|Directed by||Heidelinde Haschek|
|Executive supervisor||Tal Barnea|
|Executive producer||Michael Heinzl|
|Host broadcaster||Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF)|
|Interval act||Angelika Kirchschlager performing "One Life to Live" alone and "We dream together" with the Wiener Sängerknaben (Vienna Boys' Choir)|
|Number of entries||16 (7 qualified)|
|Voting system||Each juror awarded a mark from 1–10 to each performer|
|Winning musician|| Greece|
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. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Part 1 (4 May)
|01||Croatia||Marin Maras||Violin||Failed to qualify|
|02||United Kingdom||Philip Achille||Harmonica||1) Little Suite (James Moody)||Qualified|
|03||Austria||Sol Daniel Kim||Cello||Failed to qualify|
|04||Ukraine||Anna Fedorova||Piano||Failed to qualify|
|05||Germany||Kathy Kang||Violin||Failed to qualify|
|06||Sweden||Maria Verbaite||Piano||Failed to qualify|
1) The Strolling Fiddler for Violin solo, from the Suite (George Enescu)
|Failed to qualify|
Part 2 (5 May)
1) Sonata for Cello and Piano (Claude Debussy)
|13||Serbia||Mina Zakić||Cello||Failed to qualify|
|14||Cyprus||Orfeas Hiratos||Clarinet||Failed to qualify|
1) Fantasie Brillante sur Gounod's "Faust" op.20 (Henryk Wieniawski)
|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.
|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|
The jury members consisted of the following:
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