Austria's Ziyu He wins Eurovision Young Musicians 2014
Austria's Ziyu He wins Eurovision Young Musicians 2014
GENEVA, June 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
15-year-old violinist Ziyu He, from Austria, has been named the winner of Eurovision
Young Musicians 2014.
The final of this prestigious competition took place on Saturday 31 May at the
Roncalliplatz in Cologne, Germany.
The show was broadcast in 10 of the 14 participating countries by EBU Members; WDR
(Germany), CT (Czech Republic), NERIT (Greece), PBS (Malta), TRM (Moldova), NRK (Norway),
TVP (Poland), MTVA (Hungary) and SVT (Sweden). The whole show or an edited version will be
broadcast by other participating Members over the next few weeks.
The 14 finalists performed in front of an audience of around 2,000 people outside
Cologne's iconic Cathedral and were judged by a panel of five world-renowned musicians;
Chairman of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Prof. Dr Clemens Hellsberg, conductor Uros
Lajovic, recordist Maurice Steger, clarinettist Carol McGonnell and the first Eurovision
Young Musicians winner in 1982, pianist Markus Pawlik.
Austrian winner Ziyu He performed Bela Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2, 1st mvt.
He was born in 1999 in Qingdao, China and began studying the violin at the age of
five. Ziyu has lived and studied in Salzburg at the Leopold Mozart Institute of the
Mozarteum University since October 2011. (see the Notes to Editors for a full biography)
Ziyu said, "I am very happy to have taken part in this great competition and to have
The winner received a prize of 10,000 euros and the opportunity to perform with the
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
Prizes were also awarded for the first time to second and third placed Urban Stanic
from Slovenia and Gergely Devich from Hungary who were awarded 7,000 and 3,000 euros
Earlier this month, Austria also won the 59th Eurovision Song Contest, organised by
the EBU, in Copenhagen.
Eurovision Young Musicians was a co-production between the European Broadcasting Union
(EBU) and Member Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)
The 2014 Eurovision Young Musicians participants and broadcasters were:
- violinist Ziyu He from Austria (15) ORF
- accordianist Martin Kot from the Czech Republic (11) CT
- guitarist Vassilis Digos from Greece (18) NERIT
- guitarist Kurt Aquilina from Malta (18) PBS
- violinist Sonoko Miriam Shimano Welde from Norway (18) NRK
- cellist Andre Gunko from Portugal (17) TVP
- violist Albin Uusijarvi from Sweden (18) SVT
- violinist Sara Domjani from Croatia (18) HRT
- violinist Judith Stapf from Germany (17) WDR
- violoncellist Gergely Devich from Hungary (16) MTVA
- pianist Livyka Shtirbu-Sokolov from Moldova (16) TRM
- accordianist Bartosz Ko sut from Poland (18) TVP
- pianist Urban Stanic from Slovenia (18) RTVSLO
- recordist Lucie Horsch from The Netherlands (14) NPO
ABOUT EUROVISION YOUNG MUSICIANS
Eurovision Young Musicians is the EBU's leading contest for young classical musicians
and, since its first outing in 1982, has established an enviable reputation for finding
outstanding new talent.
The first Eurovision Young Musicians (EYM) was held in Manchester (UK) on 11 June
1982. Since then it has been held six times in Vienna (Austria), twice in Switzerland
(Geneva and Lucerne), and once in Copenhagen (Denmark), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Brussels
(Belgium), Warsaw (Poland), Lisbon (Portugal), Bergen (Norway) and Berlin (Germany).
Previous winners of the contest include leading virtuosos Markus Pawlik, Julian Rachlin,
Natalie Clein, Julia Fischer and Lidia Baich.
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Notes to Editors
Ziyu He - Winner Eurovision Young Musicians 2014
Ziyu He was born in 1999 in Qingdao, China and began studying the violin at the age of
5 under the guidance of Professor Xiangrong Zhang.
In 2010, Ziyu was presented in Beijing as a part of the Austrian-Chinese Music Academy
to Professor Paul Roczek of the Mozarteum University, Salzburg. Professor Roczek
immediately recognized the immense musical potential and artistic talent of young Ziyu and
recommended him as a participant in the International Mozarteum Summer Academy. Since
October 2011, Ziyu lives and studies in Salzburg at the Leopold Mozart Institute of the
Mozarteum University. Ziyu has already demonstrated astonishing talent in many concerts.
Of special distinction were two concerts opening the Salzburg Festival in 2010 and 2012,
and another in the Leopold Mozart Centre in the University of Augsburg, Germany.
As the youngest participant of the Meissen Music Academy in the summer of 2012, he was
chosen amongst all age groups for the Szymon Goldberg Award. Recently he was also named
prize winner of the Mozarteum International Summer Academy, and as a result he performed
at the Salzburg Festival the Chaconne in d minor of J.S. Bach. In 2013 he won a special
prize as well as the third prize at the International Competition for Violin, Kloster
Schontal and a third prize at the International Louis Spohr Competition for Young
Violinists. Ziyu made his debut with orchestra in November 2012 with the Qingdao Symphony,
playing Saint-Saens' Rondo Capriccioso.
In September 2014 he will perform a recital in the Robert Schumann House, Zwickau,
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