Klaudio Zoto has been selected to represent Albania on their debut at Eurovision Young Musicians this August in Edinburgh.
Broadcaster RTSH initially had 41 applicants from young musicians but ultimately it was Klaudio’s mastery of the Cello that impressed national judges the most. The 14-year-old won in an open air live final held in the Grand Park of Tirana. Klaudio won in a field of eight young skilled musicians for the ticket to Edinburgh. The eight finalists who took part were:
- Dejon Bendaj
- Filippo Jakova
- Grigor Ylli
- Klaudio Zoto
- Laura Llozi
- Laura Sulaj
- Rejsi Prosi
- Tedi Tola
See the astounding performance of Klaudio performing J.Haydn – “Concerto in C Major” (3rd mov):
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018
Along with Albania’s debut, seven countries will be returning to the contest making a total of 18 countries taking part. These returning countries include Belgium (last entered in 2006), Estonia (2004), Greece (2014), Israel (1986), Russia (2010), Spain (2002) and the host nation, the United Kingdom (2010). However, Austria, who have won the contest a staggering five times since its inception will not be taking part. This marks the first time since 1982!
The 19th edition of Eurovision Young Musicians will take over 18-23 August, hosted by BBC Scotland and BBC Radio 3. Due to the large number of participants two semi-final elimination rounds will be introduced on the 18th and 19th August respectively, with three performances on each date. The winner of each semi-final will win a place in the grand final, taking place on the 23rd August in the Usher Hall. The musicians will be accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Chief Conductor Thomas Dausgaard.
Tickets for Eurovision Young Musicians are currently on sale and can still be purchased here.
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