Christian Eggen began his conducting career in 1981 as leader of the Ny Musikk Ensemble, having already established a highly successful career as a pianist in Norway and abroad. In 1984 he represented Norway at the Biennale for Nordic Soloists, and his recording of Carl Nielsen’s piano works was received to critical acclaim. Eggen then made his international breakthrough as a conductor during the World Music Days in 1990 and he rapidly became one of the Nordic countries most prominent conductors, especially favoured for his performances of contemporary music. In 1993 he became artistic director of the Oslo Sinfonietta, and since 1988 he has been conductor of the Cikada ensemble.
One of the most famous Polish female conductors, Agnieszka Duczmal , will be the Head of the Semifinal Jury at this weekend’s semifinal. Shewas born to a family with musical traditions and in 1971 she graduated with distinction from the State Higher School of Music in Poznań where she studied conducting in the class of Professor Witold Krzemiński, then as a conductor in the Poznań Opera where she prepared the Polish premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, a premiere of Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto and Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.
More judges will be revealed in the upcoming days.
The Eurovision Young Musicians Contest will be held in Vienna the capital city of Austria on May 5th, 6th and 11th, 14 countries will take part and aim to take home the trophy.