Saturday 18 May 1996


Born: April 21st, 1963 (Czechoslovakia)
Nationality: Slovak

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


Juraj Burian has played the guitar since he was ten and was a member of Peter Breiner’s jazz-rock band Klobása (1984-85) and the VV Systém Jazz Orchestra. From 1987 to 1991, he studied the guitar at Bratislava’s Conservatory, upon which he left for the United States to follow courses at the renowned Berklee College of Music (1992-95). Burian was a member of Scat and formed a guitar trio with Anton Jaro and Matúš Jakabčic. On several occasions, he performed at the Bratislava Jazz Days and the Slovak Jazz Festival. In the early 1990s, he regularly wrote arrangements for Vladimír Valovič’s Radio Bratislava Big Band. In 1998, he founded the Juraj Burian Band.


In 1996, Juraj Burian composed, arranged, and conducted the Slovakian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Kým nás máš’ (lyrics: Jozef Urban). The sophisticated ballad was performed by Marcel Palonder and reached an eighteenth place.


Country – Slovakia
Song title – "Kým nás máš"
Rendition – Marcel Palonder
Lyrics – Jozef Urban
Composition – Juraj Burian
Studio arrangement – Juraj Burian
Live orchestration – Juraj Burian
Conductor – Juraj Burian
Score audio semi-final – 17th place (36 votes)
Score final – 18th place (19 votes)

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