YerazArt Academy pupil taught by the oboist of the Armenian National Philharmonic Orchestra Harutyun Shakhkyan, 18-year-old Hayk Hekekyan won Depi dasakan Yevratesil Armenian competition, and he will represent Armenia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2024 in Bodø, Norway.

The final of Depi dasakan Yevratesil was broadcast on Sunday on the First Channel of AMPTV. After three semi-finals, ten finalists competed to represent Armenia at Eurovision Young Musicians 2024. The results were decided by a jury.

  • The ten finalists were:
  • Lyana Ulikhanyan, YerazArt fellow
  • Armen Puchinyan
  • Davit Hakobyan
  • Eduard Khorozyan, YerazArt Academy
  • Shushanik Karhanyan
  • Davit Dallakyan
  • Aida Avanesyan
  • Eduard Dayan, YerazArt fellow
  • Hayk Hekekyan – Winner, YerazArt Academy
  • Hovik-Khoren Esmeryan, YerazArt Academy

Hayk Hekekyan will represent Armenia on their first appearance in Eurovision Young Musicians since 2012 and their second overall. Hayk will also become only the second oboist to compete at Eurovision Young Musicians. The first oboist to compete in the contest was Simone Sommerhalder, who represented Switzerland in 2006.

Eurovision Young Musicians 2024 will take place on August 17 in Bodø, Norway. Eleven countries will be competing in the contest, they are:

  • Armenia – AMPTV – Hayk Hekekyan
  • Austria – ORF – Leonhard Baumgartner
  • Belgium – RTBF – Mahault Ska
  • Czechia – ČT
  • France – France Télévisions
  • Germany – WDR
  • Norway – NRK – Sebastian Egebakken Svenøy
  • Poland – TVP
  • Serbia – RTS – Bogdan Dugalić
  • Sweden – SVT – Hugo Svedberg
  • Switzerland – SRF

Bodø,‎ which is one of the European Capitals of Culture for 2024, is playing host to a Eurovision event for the first time, while Young Musicians returns to Norway for the first time since 2000.

The competition for musicians between the ages of 12 and 21 and has been held since 1982, as the first spin-off contest of the Eurovision Song Contest. The event celebrated its twentieth edition in 2022 when Montpellier hosted the competition.

Over the twenty editions of the competition, a total of forty-two countries have competed across the history of the competition. Norway has competed in nineteen out of the twenty contests, tied with Austria. Austria is the most successful country having won 5 editions and competed in 15 finals.

Based on the text by Neil Farren, Ireland