Wednesday, 19 February 2014

In memoriam STJEPAN MIHALJINEC (1935-2014) (

On February 13th, 2014, Stjepan Mihaljinec passed away, aged 78. He conducted the Yugoslavian entry to the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest held in Mihaljinec's native Zagreb. The song, 'Hajde da ludujemo' performed by Tajči, finished seventh amongst twenty-two competitors.

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 and performed with international stars such as 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, and performed by the group Tajči. Mihaljinec rewrote the studio arrangement into an orchestration suitable for a live performance. In the festival in Zagreb, 'Hajde da ludujemo' finished seventh.

More information about Stjepan Mihaljinec and all other conductors of the Eurovision Song Contest can be found on, home of All Conductors of Eurovision.

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