Benoît KaufmanBorn: 1946 or 1947
Benoît Kaufman was the musical director of the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Lausanne (Switzerland). He handpicked fifty-five musicians for the orchestra. Moreover, he conducted the entries of the home team, Switzerland (‘Viver senza tei’, Furbaz), and that of Luxembourg (‘Monsieur’, Park Café). Kaufman also conducted half of the Danish entry, because Denmark’s conductor Henrik Krogsgård spectacularly left his place in front of the orchestra half way through the performance of Birthe Kjær’s ‘Vi maler byen rød’ to join the background singing group behind the soloist. Thus, Kaufman conducted 2½ Eurovision entries. In 1993, Kaufman arranged the music to the Swiss entry ‘Moi, tout simplement’ (written by Jean-Jacques Egli and Christophe Duc, sung by Annie Cotton), but it was the song’s producer Marc Sorrentino who conducted the orchestra.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Benoît Kaufman will be published on this website