Tomas LeiburasBorn: February 22nd, 1954, Vilnius (Lithuania)
In 1994, Lithuania took part for the first time in the Eurovision Song Contest, having itself represented by singer-songwriter Ovidijus Vyšniauskas and his melancholic ballad ‘Lopšine mylimai’. Vyšniauskas had arranged the music himself; in Dublin, the orchestration to this song was conducted by Tomas Leiburas. Unfortunately, the subtlety of this entry was not appreciated by the European juries, who did not award it a single point. Lithuania finished at the bottom of the table on a 25th spot. Because the country declined participating until 1999, the first Eurovision year in which no orchestra was present, Tomas Leiburas is the only ever Lithuanian conductor to have performed in a Eurovision Song Contest.
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