Eurovision Young Musicians 1988

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Eurovision Young Musicians 1988
Semi-final 126 May 1988
Semi-final 227 May 1988
Final31 May 1988
VenueConcertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Presenter(s)Martine Bijl
ConductorSergiu Comissiona
Directed byKlaas Rusticus
Executive supervisorFrank Naef
Executive producerStefan Felsenthal
Host broadcasterNederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS)
Interval actA film about the week of the participants in the Netherlands
Number of entries16 (6 qualified)
Debuting countries
Returning countriesNone
Non-returning countries
Voting systemJury chose their top 3 favourites by vote.
Winning musician

The Eurovision Young Musicians 1988 was the fourth edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians, held at Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 31 May 1988.[1] Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Nederlandse Omroep Stichting (NOS), musicians from six countries participated in the televised final. A total of sixteen countries took part in the competition. All participants had to be younger than 19 and performed a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted by Sergiu Comissiona.[1] Cyprus and Spain made their début, and Israel withdrew from the 1988 contest.[1]

The non-qualified countries were Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Yugoslavia. For the second year in a row, the host country did not qualify for the final. The semifinal took place between 26–27 May, a few days before the televised final.[1] Julian Rachlin of Austria won the contest, with Norway and Italy placing second and third respectively.[2]


Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Venue of the Eurovision Young Musicians 1988.

The Concertgebouw (also known as the "Royal Concertgebouw") a concert hall in Amsterdam, Netherlands, was the host venue for the 1988 edition of the Eurovision Young Musicians.[1]

The Dutch term "concertgebouw" literally translates into English as "concert building". On 11 April 2013, on occasion of the building's 125th anniversary, Queen Beatrix bestowed the Royal Title "Koninklijk" upon the building, as she did previously on to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.[3] Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world, along with places such as Boston's Symphony Hall[4][5] and the Musikverein in Vienna.[6]


Martine Bijl was the host of the 1988 contest.[1] Each participating country were able to send male or female artists who were no older than 19 years of age, to represent them by playing a classical piece of their choice accompanied by the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest conducted under Sergiu Comissiona. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands was a special guest at the contest.[1]


Preliminary round[edit]

A total of sixteen countries took part in the preliminary round of the 1988 contest, of which six 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  Finland Jan Söderblom Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra no.5 in A, KV 219 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
02  United Kingdom David Pyatt Horn Concerto for French horn and orchestra no.1 in E flat, op.11 by Richard Strauss
03  Italy Domenico Nordio Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra in d, op.47 by Jean Sibelius 3
04  West Germany Nikolai Schneider Cello Concerto for cello and orchestra no.1 in a, op.33 by Camille Saint-Saëns
05  Austria Julian Rachlin Violin Concerto for violin and orchestra in d, op.22 by Henryk Wieniawski 1
06  Norway Leif Ove Andsnes Piano Concerto for piano and orchestra no.3 in C, op.26 by Sergei Prokofiev 2

Jury members[edit]

The jury members consisted of the following:[1]


EBU members from the following countries broadcast the final round.[7] It was the first time that commentary boxes were provided in the venue.

  •  Austria – Unknown (ORF)
  •  Belgium – Unknown (RTBF)
  •  Cyprus – Unknown (CyBC)
  •  Denmark – Niels Oxenvad (DR)
  •  Finland – Inari Teinilä (Yle)
  •  France – Alain Duault (France 3)
  •  Germany – Friedrich Müller (ZDF)
  •  Ireland – Jane Carly and John O'Connor (RTÉ)
  •  Italy – Ilio Catani (Rai 3)
  •  Netherlands – Unknown (NOS)
  •  Norway – Sture Rognec (NRK)
  •  Spain – Carlos Usillos (TVE)
  •  Sweden – Sten Andersson (SVT)
  •   Switzerland – Arthur Godel, Giusy Boni and Eric Bauer (SSR)
  •  United Kingdom – Humphrey Burton and Jane Glover (BBC)
  •  Yugoslavia – Milena Miloradovic (JRT)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Eurovision Young Musicians 1988: About the show". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 20 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Eurovision Young Musicians 1988: Participants". European Broadcasting Union. Archived from the original on 20 September 2015. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Koninklijke status voor Het Concertgebouw". Concertgebouw NV. Retrieved 11 April 2013.
  4. ^ April 11, 1888: Concertgebouw, Home of Nearly Perfect Acoustics, Opens
  5. ^ R.W. Apple, Jr., Apple's America (North Point Press, 2005), ISBN 0-86547-685-3.
  6. ^ Tapio Lahti and Henrik Möller. "Concert Hall Acoustics and the Computer". ARK - The Finnish Architectural Review. Archived from the original on 2007-03-22.
  7. ^ "Eurovision Young Musicians 1988". Issuu. Retrieved 18 August 2018.

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