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Semi-finalists from Sweden, Norway and Croatia

Semi-finalists from Sweden, Norway and Croatia compete for the finals of the Eurovision Young Musician 2018

Semi-finalists from Sweden, Norway and Croatia compete for the finals of the Eurovision Young Musician 2018. Harpist Johanna Ander Ljung was nominated as Sweden's competitor for the Eurovision Young Musicians after she won the final of ”The Polstjärne Prize” for young musicians in January, playing with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. She began her musical training at one of Scandinavia's most renowned choral schools and will shortly go to Oslo to continue her studies. She plays works by Welsh composer William Mathias, London-based Jean-Baptiste Loeillet and the French harpist Marcel Tournier. Norwegian cellist Birgitta Elisa Oftestad began her studies at the age of five and is a student at Barratt Due Institute of Music. Birgitta has studied under Norwegian cellists Tove Sinding-Larsen, Ole Eirik Ree and Truls Mørk. She contrasts the first movement of Shostakovich's First Cello Concerto, considered to be one of the most difficult in the concerto repertoire, with Schumann's beautiful Adagio and Allegro written for horn and piano. Jan Tominić was born in 2004. His love for the saxophone came when he was listening to jazz sax legends such as John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. At the moment Jan is a freshman at the secondary Ferdo Livadić Music School, where he studies saxophone under Tomislav Žužek. He chooses an all-French programme.

Mathias - Improvisations for Harp, Op 10
Loeillet - Allemande from Suite No 5 in F
Tournier - Féerie - Prelude et Dance
Johanna Ander Ljung, harp

Shostakovich - 1st mvt from Cello Concerto No 1
Schumann - Adagio and Allegro
Birgitta Elisa Oftestad, cello

Demersseman - Fantaisie sur un thème original
Françaix - Cinq danses exotiques
Bozza - Aria
Milhaud - Brasileira from Scaramouche
Jan Tominić, saxophone

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • William Mathias

    Improvisations for Harp

    Performer: Johanna Ander Ljung (Harp).
  • Jean Baptiste Loeillet of Ghent

    Allemande from Suite No.5 in F major

    Performer: Johanna Ander Ljung (Harp).
  • Marcel Tournier

    Féerie: Prélude et danse

    Performer: Johanna Ander Ljung (Harp).
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Cello Concerto no 1 Op. 107 1st movement

    Performer: Birgitta Elisa Oftestad (Cello). Performer: David Meier (Piano).
  • Robert Schumann

    Adagio and Allegro Op. 70

    Performer: Birgitta Elisa Oftestad (Cello). Performer: David Meier (Piano).
  • Jules Demersseman

    Fantasie sur un thème original

    Performer: Jan Tominić (Saxophone). Performer: željka vojvoda (Piano).
  • Jean Françaix

    Cinq danses exotiques I. Pambiche II. Baiao V. Merengue

    Performer: Jan Tominić (Saxophone). Performer: željka Vojvoda (Piano).
  • Eugène Bozza

    Aria

    Performer: Jan Tominić (Saxophone). Performer: željka Vojvoda (Piano).
  • Darius Milhaud

    Scaramouche 3. Brasileira

    Performer: Jan Tominić (Saxophone). Performer: željka Vojvoda (Piano).
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G major

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Ravel The Piano Concertos - Pierre-Laurent Aimard - The Cleveland Orchestra - Pi.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 2.
  • György Ligeti

    Der Zauberlehrling (The sorcerer's apprentice)

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • SONY.

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