Tuesday, 24 June 2014

FRANK FIEVEZ (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

The biography of Frank Fievez, based on an interview with him by And The Conductor Is, has recently been published on www.andtheconductoris.eu, the home of All Conductors of Eurovision. Frank Fievez conducted Belgium's Eurovision entry in 1992, 'Nous on veut des violons', performed by Morgane.

Hyperlink to Frank Fievez' biography: http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=100


Franz ‘Frank’ Fievez was born in Wihéries, Belgium (1942). He was a childhood prodigy on the accordion and won several accordion festivals at a very young age. Later onwards, he switched to the piano. Though he worked as a school teacher for some time, his passion was always music. In 1968, Belgian superstar Adamo persuaded Fievez to give up his daytime job to become a fulltime musician. For almost twenty-five years, Fievez was Adamo's pianist and orchestra leader, accompanying him on tours across the globe. Notably, he wrote the string and brass parts for one of Adamo's biggest hits, 'C'est ma vie'. Meanwhile, Fievez worked as a session musician and conductor for TV shows. He composed hit songs such as ‘Aime moi’ for Claude Barzotti and wrote orchestrations for Claude Barzotti, Frank Michael, Christian Rineldi, and Maria Miel. Moreover, Fievez taught jazz music at the Saint-Ghislain and Baudour Music Academies for several decades before retiring in 2002.

Eurovision involvement

Frank Fievez conducted the Belgian entry in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Nous on veut des violons’, composed by Claude Barzotti and arranged by Bernard Estardy. Fievez subsequently reworked the studio arrangement into a suitable live orchestration for the Eurovision orchestra. It was interpreted by young Morgane (Ingrid Simonis). In Malmö, this Belgian entry finished twentieth among twenty-three competing acts. 

Read about Frank Fievez' Eurovision memories, as well as much more about his involvement with Adamo and Claude Barzotti by clicking: 

Saturday, 14 June 2014

NORBERT DAUM (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

The biography of Austrian guitarist, composer, arranger, and conductor Norbert Daum, based on an interview And The Conductor Is did with him in July 2013,  has recently been published online @ www.andtheconductoris.eu. 
Hyperlink: http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=69

Norbert Daum (born in Braunau-am-Inn, 1948), who grew up in Vienna and Hagen (North-Rhine Westphalia, West Germany) studied the violin, guitar, and piano as well as composition and conducting. Between 1965 and 1971, he was a member of the beat band The Substitutes. Since ’71, Daum has lived in Munich, initially working as the assistant of film composer and arranger Gert Wilden. In Wilden's studio, he met composer and record producer Ralph Siegel, with whom he developed a close working relationship, writing orchestrations for countless Siegel productions. As a freelancer, Daum wrote more than 3000 orchestrations and worked with numerous artists in all genres, varying from crossover and outright classical music to German folk music and with artists such as Peter Alexander, Vicky Leandros, Karel Gott, Demis Roussos, and Die Jungen Tenöre. He arranged Gilbert Bécaud’s 1985 French chart success ‘Desiree’. He composed music for movies (e.g. ‘Go Trabi go’) and television (e.g. ‘Ein Fall für zwei’).

Eurovision involvement

As a conductor, Norbert Daum participated in the Eurovision Song Contest on seven occasions for West Germany (twice), the united Germany (three times), and Luxembourg (twice). The most famous of the songs on which Daum worked, is no doubt ‘Ein bisschen Frieden’, which was also arranged by him. This song, composed by Ralph Siegel and performed by Nicole, was West Germany’s first-ever win in the Eurovision Song Contest. With the exception of ‘Viel zu weit’ (Münchener Freiheit, 1993), all songs which Daum conducted were composed by Siegel. Norbert Daum’s involvement in the contest did not stop after the last ‘orchestra year’ (1998). In 1999, he conducted the strings for the German entry ‘Reise nach Jerusalem’; in 2006 and 2009, he co-arranged ‘If we all give a little’ (Swiss entry) and ‘Just get out of my life’ (Montenegrin entry) respectively – needless to say, all three aforementioned songs were composed by Siegel as well.

Much more information about Norbert Daum can be found by clicking 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

BENOÎT KAUFMAN (www.andtheconductoris.eu)

The biography of French guitarist, pianist, arranger, and conductor Benoît Kaufman has recently been published online @ www.andtheconductoris.eu. 


Pianist and guitarist Benoît Kaufman studied harmony and counterpoint at the Conservatoire National in Paris. Meanwhile, he played the guitar in rock band Les Champions. It was not long before he wrote his first arrangement. In the 1970s, Kaufman worked as an arranger with several francophone artists: Michel Chevalier, Michel Polnareff, Johnny Hallyday, Gérard Lenorman, and Michel Sardou, to name just a few. He worked extensively with Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday for many years. Kaufman spent a spell of his professional career in Los Angeles. Since the mid-1980s, he has worked and lived in Switzerland, where he owned a recording studio in Gland, producing Swiss acts including Tafta and Berni de la Loye.

Eurovision involvement

Benoît Kaufman was the musical director of the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Lausanne (Switzerland). He handpicked fifty-five musicians for the orchestra. Moreover, he conducted the entries of the home team, Switzerland (‘Viver senza tei’, Furbaz), and that of Luxembourg (‘Monsieur’, Park Café). Kaufman also conducted half of the Danish entry, because Denmark’s conductor Henrik Krogsgaard spectacularly left his place in front of the orchestra half way through the performance of Birthe Kjaer’s ‘Vi maler byen rød’ to join the background singing group behind the soloist. Thus, Kaufman conducted 2½ Eurovision entries. In 1993, Kaufman arranged the music to the Swiss entry ‘Moi, tout simplement’ (written by Jean-Jacques Egli and Christophe Duc, sung by Annie Cotton), but it was the song’s producer Marc Sorrentino who conducted the orchestra. 

Find out much more about Benoît Kaufman and his Eurovision involvement by clicking http://www.andtheconductoris.eu/index.htm?http://www.eurovisionartists.nl/conductor/dir020.asp?ID=150