Born: July 12th, 1923, Vienna (Austria)
Died: October 27th, 2008, Vienna (Austria)
Erwin Halletz studied violin and clarinet at the Wiener Musikakademie. During World War II, he was a member of various orchestras. In 1945, he was chosen first violinist of the Wiener Tanzorchester, which performed with vocalist Horst Winter (who was to be Austria’s representative in the 1960 Eurovision Song Contest); Halletz also composed and arranged music for this ensemble. In 1950, he took over the baton of the orchestra and led it during many tours and recording sessions with artists such as Peter Alexander, Johannes Heesters, Zarah Leander (‘Wunderbar’), and Udo Jürgens. From 1961 to 2002, Halletz worked and lived in Monaco, being the principal arranger and conductor of the Monte Carlo Light Symphony Orchestra.
Halletz composed numerous songs, interpreted by Connie Francis, Corry Brokken and many others. In 1963, Halletz wrote the Austrian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Vielleicht geschieht ein Wunder’ (performed by Israeli vocalist Carmela Corren). This beautiful melody was arranged and conducted Halletz as well. In the contest, held in London, Halletz and Corren obtained a seventh position on the scoreboard.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Erwin Halletz will be published on this website
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