Eurovision Young Musicians 2018: Semi-Final 4: Estonia, Belgium and Albania

Semi-final four and I’m feeling very tired (possibly because I watched semi-finals two and three back to back two hours before number four).

Some stunning musicians in this semi-final – a mesmerising percussionist, and a strong violinist both of whom knock previous finalist predictions off the list.

Although I don’t like the raspy tone he produces, I do wonder whether Albania’s Klaudio Zoto could be a potential winner.

Estonia – Tanel-Eiko Novikov, percussion

Marjan Niflheim
Sibelius Kuusi Op 75/5
Piazzolla Verano porteño

A mesmerising musician throughout. Communicates with the audience. Takes his time preparing for each piece. Stylish. Sophisticated. Nimble. Finalist (in place of Israeli cellist who I’m less convinced about now). 

Belgium – Alexandra Cooreman, violin

Beethoven Presto from Sonata for piano and violin Op 23
Tchaikovsky Valse-Scherzo

Remarkably confident and assertive performer. Very strong. Plays from her core in a way with a reliability that is magnetic. The Tchaikovsky makes her shine more than the Beethoven. I think she pips Slovenia’s violinist into the final. 

Albania – Klaudio Zoto, cello

Grieg Cello Sonata
Popper Hungarian Rhapsody

Incredibly expressive playing – ‘tidier’ playing than the Israeli cellist. Captivating performance. I’m just not a big fan of the scratching cello sound in the fortissimo sections – a consequence of the instrument, I suspect. Finalist. Great hair. He could be a winner. 

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