A website dedicated to the Eurovision orchestra and the 346 musicians who conducted it between the first contest in 1956 and the last live orchestra edition in 1998. By using the various indexes, a wealth of interviews with, and biographical information about musicians from all corners of Europe can be accessed - as well as backgrounds about the history of the Eurovision Song Contest, the San Remo Festival, and the Nordring Radio Prize. Feel free to roam around!
Saturday, 4 May 1991
Born: November 6th, 1924, Milan
Died: August 6th, 2017, Tavernelle (Italy) Nationality: Italian
In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview
Having graduated from the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory
in Milan with a
diploma for oboe, Bruno Canfora followed private piano lessons with Alessandro
Longo and Enzo Calace. During World War II, he started playing in jazz
orchestras; after the war, he formed an orchestra of his own, with which he
performed for the allied forces in Italy and Germany. From the late 1950s
onwards, RAI, the Italian national broadcaster, regularly invites Canfora to
work for television; he was, for example, musical director of the 1959 edition
of Canzonissima. In 1961, he was one of two MD’s of the San Remo Festival. He also was the musical director of the 1988 and 1993 editions of this same song contest.
composer, Canfora wrote songs for Rita Pavone (e.g. ‘Fortissimo’), Mina (‘Zum zum
zum’), Domenico Modugno (‘Come si fa a non volerti bene’, Festival Disco per
l’Estate 1965), and Alice & Ellen Kessler (‘La notte è piccola’). In 1968,his composition ‘La vita’ was interpreted at the San Remo Festival by Elio Gandolfi and Shirley Bassey;
eleven years later, the song was completely revamped for Bassey with a disco arrangement
and became an international hit under its English title, ‘This Is My Life’.
Moreover, Canfora wrote soundtracks and music for theatrical performances. EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Bruno Canfora was the musical director of the 1991
Eurovision Song Contest, held in Rome.
His orchestra accompanied all twenty-two competing entries. For the Italian
song ‘Comme è ddoce ‘o mare’, it was placed under Canfora’s direction;
performed by Peppino di Capri, this Italian effort finished seventh.