Bohdan Ivasyk to represent Ukraine

Bohdan Ivasyk to represent Ukraine
Bohdan Ivasyk (NTU)

17-Year old violinist Bohdan Ivasyk has been chosen by Ukraine's broadcaster NTU to represent them at the 2012 Eurovision Young Musicians competition. Bohdan is from Lviv, and was chosen by a professional jury to make the trip to Austria in May.

Ukraine will be represented by Bohdan Ivasyk at the 2012 Eurovision Young Musicians competition, which will be held in Vienna this May. Bohdan, who is 17 years old and hails from Lviv, will play the Violin in the Austrian capital after being internally selected by a jury.

The national selection in Ukraine was organised by broadcaster NTU, and took place over several stages. All the information, including the press releases and regulations were published on January 24. Young Ukrainian performers of classical music were then invited to participate in the national selection, for which applications were received up until February 10. The next stage saw the broadcaster’s jury process all of the submissions and listen to all the submitted audio-visual material.

On 20th of February 2012 the National Television Company of Ukraine announced the winner of the national selection live on air during the news. The jury that selected Bohdan included Iuriy Laniuk, (composer, violoncellist, professor of Lviv National Academy) and Ihor Shcherbakov (composer, professor of the Kyiv National Academy, Honored Artist of Ukraine, Chairman of the National Union of Composers ).

Speaking about NTU’s participation in Eurovision Young Musicians, Director General Yegor Benkendorf said: “We have joined the international project ‘Eurovision Young Musicians’ in order to popularize classical music in Ukraine. That is the main task of the social mission of the First National as well as the support of young talents. We are very happy that this initiative is a success. I have looked through the video records of the contestants together with my jury-colleagues and I’m personally convinced that Ukraine has really something to be proud of and to impress the connoisseurs and lovers of classical music around the world”.

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