Monday, 19 August 2013

PETER JACQUES (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

PETER JACQUES

A comprehensive English career overview of Peter Jacques has been published at
http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=139

Peter Jacques conducted Switzerland's entries in the Eurovision Song Contests of 1975 and 1977.

Some random facts about Peter Jacques:
* Born in Czechoslovakia, 1935, as the son of a Belarusian violinist and a Swiss mother
* Repatriated to Switzerland after the war, studied classical piano at the Winterthur Conservatory, but took up a passion for jazz.
* After doing a stint with Chet Baker in Milan, Peter Jacques moved to Sweden, where he worked as a pianist and arranger for eight years (1956-1964).
* Worked and lived in Munich for nine years (1964-1973) as a freelance arranger, working for (amongst others) BBC and ZDF Television.
* Became one of the Kapellmeisters of the DRS Big Band, the orchestra of German-Swiss radio, where he stayed until the orchestra's demise (1973-1986).
* Hosted programme 'Jazz in Concert' on Swiss TV for ten years (1983-1993).
* Performed solo as a pianist-keyboardist-singer for Kofi Annan in Accra (1999).

Find out much more about Peter Jacques's life story and Eurovision memories at
http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=139

 

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