Saturday 30 April 1994


Born: September 17th, 1925, Zagreb, Croatia (Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenians)
Died: May 29th, 2014, Zagreb (Croatia)
Nationality: Croatian

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


Miljenko Prohaska studied the double-bass at secondary music school, graduating in 1951; after that, he got himself a licence in music teaching at the Zagreb Conservatory (1956). From the 1950s until his retirement as an active musician in 1989, Prohaska played contrabass in many different orchestras and bands, including, most notably, the Radio Zagreb Symphony Orchestra and the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra. 

In the 1960s, Prohaska started working as a composer and arranger in the jazz and light entertainment industry. Prohaska penned arrangements for well-known Yugoslavian pop stars and composed the music to fifteen movies, as well as to many TV and theatre shows. Between 1967 and 1969, he was the musical director of the then highly popular Zagrebfest, a light entertainment song contest. He won several prizes for his work, including the 1968 Golden Arena for best film music and two different awards for his oeuvre as a whole (in 1988 and 1995). During two spells (1967-68; 1988-90), Prohaska served as the president of the Croatian Composers’ Society (HDS).


Miljenko Prohaska was involved as a conductor in the Eurovision Song Contest on five occasions. He made his debut on the Eurovision stage in 1963, when he led the orchestra in London for Vice Vukov, the Yugoslav representative; Prohaska made further appearances with other Croats who represented Yugoslavia: Dubrovački Trubaduri (1968), Ivan (1969), and Krunoslav Slabinac (1971). ‘Jedan dan’, the 1968 entry, went on to become a hit record in several Western European countries. In 1994, after an absence of no fewer than 23 years, Prohaska returned to the Eurovision Song Contest, conducting the second-ever Croatian entry, ‘Nek’ti bude ljubav sva’, performed by Toni Cetinski.


Country – Yugoslavia
Song title – “Brodovi”
Rendition – Vice Vukov
Lyrics – Mario Nardelli
Composition – Mario Nardelli
Studio arrangement – Mario Nardelli
(Veliki Zabavni Orkestar Jugoton conducted by Mario Nardelli)
Live orchestration – Mario Nardelli
Conductor – Miljenko Prohaska
Score – 11th place (3 votes)

Country – Yugoslavia
Song title – “Jedan dan”
Rendition – Luči Kapurso & Hamo Hajdarhodžić feat. Marko Brešković / Đelo Jusić / Ladislav Pađen (Dubrovački Trubaduri)
Lyrics – Stjepo Stražičić
Composition – Đelo Jusić
Studio arrangement – Đelo Jusić / Stipica Kalogjera
(Zabavni Orkestar RTV Zagreb conducted by Miljenko Prohaska)
Live orchestration – Stipica Kalogjera
Conductor – Miljenko Prohaska
Score – 7th place (8 votes)

Country – Yugoslavia
Song title – "Pozdrav svijetu"
Rendition – Ivan & 3M 
(Ivica Krajač / Željko Ružić / Saša Sablić / Branko Marušić) 
Lyrics – Milan Lentić
Composition – Milan Lentić
Studio arrangement – Stipica Kalogjera 
(Zabavni Orkestar RTV Zagreb conducted by Miljenko Prohaska)
Live orchestration – Stipica Kalogjera
Conductor – Miljenko Prohaska
Score – 13th place (5 votes)

Country – Yugoslavia
Song title – “Tvoj dječak je tužan”
Rendition – Krunoslav 'Kićo' Slabinac
Lyrics – Zvonimir Golob
Composition – Ivica Krajač
Studio arrangement – Ivan Kelemen
(Revijski Orkester RTV Ljubljana conducted by Jože Privšek)
Live orchestration – Ivan Kelemen
Conductor – Miljenko Prohaska
Score – 14th place (68 votes)

Country – Croatia
Song title – “Nek’ti bude ljubav sva”
Rendition – Toni Cetinski
Lyrics – Željko Krznarić
Composition – Željen Klašterka
Studio arrangement – Guido Mineo
Live orchestration – Zvonimir Dusper / Zdravko Sljivać
Conductor – Miljenko Prohaska
Score – 16th place (27 votes)

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