Saturday 4 April 1981


Born: September 7th, 1924, Segura, Guipúzcoa (Spain)
Died: January 4th, 2003, Lisbon (Portugal)
Nationality: Portuguese

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


Originally of Basque origin, Shegundo Galarza fled to Portugal during the Spanish Civil War. Between 1948 and 1950, he played the piano in the Estoril Casino. Between 1951 and 1956, he was a pianist in many different restaurants in Angola, Mozambique, and South Africa. Upon his return to Portugal, he opened a restaurant of his own in Lisbon, ‘Monaco’, where he performed with his own music ensemble until 1974. 

From the early 1950s onwards, recordings by Galarza as a solo pianist were released by various companies. As a studio arranger, Galarza worked with Tony de Matos, Amália Rodrigues, Paulo de Carvalho, and many more. With his orchestra of violins, he performed in over 100 TV programmes and recorded around 50 LPs. He conducted for Portugal in the OTI Festival. In 1998, a tribute for Galarza was organised in the casino in Estoril, where, fifty years before, his career in music had begun.


As an arranger and/or conductor, Shegundo Galarza participated in all editions of the Festival RTP da Canção between 1978 and 1983. In 1981, he arranged and conducted the song which was chosen to represent Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest: ‘Play-back’, composed and performed by Carlos Paião. In the Eurovision final in Dublin, this up-beat pop song scored a meagre nine points and finished 18th.


Country – Portugal
Song title – "Play-back"
Rendition – Carlos Paião
Lyrics – Carlos Paião
Composition – Carlos Paião
Studio arrangement – Shegundo Galarza
Live orchestration – Shegundo Galarza
Conductor – Shegundo Galarza
Score – 18th place (9 votes)

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