Polish saxophonist Łukasz Dyczko, 18, is the winner of the 18th Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. In the final stage of the event in Cologne on Saturday, he performed Andre Waignein’s Rhapsody pour saxophone alto.
Eleven instrumentalists from 10 countries took part in the finals. Robert Bílý from the Czech Republic was awarded second prize and Dominik Wagner from Austria took third prize.
In addition to the EUR10,000 in cash, Dyczko has been invited to perform a solo concert with the WDR symphony orchestra of Cologne. The five-member international jury was chaired by the world-famous violonist Julian Rachlin.
Dyczko comes from Gorlice, south-eastern Poland. He is the third Pole to win the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition. The violinist Bartłomiej Nizioł came first in 1992 and the pianist Stanisław Drzewiecki won the competition in 2000.
Founded in 1982, the competition is organised by the European Broadcasting Union EBU.