Saturday 5 May 1990


Born: December 1st, 1935, Zagreb, Croatia (Yugoslavia)
Died: February 13th, 2014, Zagreb (Croatia)
Nationality: Croatian 

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Pianist, composer, and arranger Stjepan Mihaljinec graduated from the Zagreb Music Academy in 1963. For years, he worked for RTV Zagreb, writing music for television and radio programmes. He composed over 200 songs, interpreted by artists such as Ivo Robić, Vice Vukov, Mišo Kovač, and Đani Maršan. As an arranger, he also worked with Krunoslav Slabinac. He conducted in many editions of the Split Festival, performing with international guest artists including Domenico Modugno, Sergio Endrigo, and Johnny Logan.


Stjepan Mihaljinec conducted many songs in the Yugoslavian and Croatian Eurovision preselections, the last time being in 2001. As a conductor, he represented Yugoslavia in the international festival once, in 1990, with ‘Hajde da ludujemo’. The entry was composed by Zrinko Tutić, arranged by Nikša Bratoš but orchestrated by Mihaljinec, and performed by the group Tajči. In the festival in Zagreb, this song finished in 7th place.


Country – Yugoslavia
Song title – “Hajde da ludujemo”
Rendition – Tajči (Tatjana Matejaš)
Lyrics – Zrinko Tutić / Alka Vuica
Composition – Zrinko Tutić
Studio arrangement – Nikša Bratoš
Live orchestration – Stjepan Mihaljinec
Conductor – Stjepan Mihaljinec
Score – 7th place (81 votes)

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