Bela BalintBorn: 1950, Budapest (Hungary)
Nationality: Swiss (formerly: Hungarian)
Bela Balint arranged the Swiss entry in 1986, ‘Pas pour moi’, composed and conducted by Atilla Şereftuğ and sung by Daniela Simons; this song came second. Two years later, Balint was again involved in writing the orchestration to a song by Şereftuğ, ‘Ne partez pas sans moi’; this was the Swiss entry in the 1988 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin and was sung by Céline Dion. With it, Dion won the competition; again, it was Atilla Şereftuğ to conduct the orchestra. Balint himself stood in front of an orchestra in the Eurovision Song Contest on one occasion, in 1990 in Zagreb, with singer / violinist Egon Egemann and his ‘Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus’; this Swiss entry finished 11th.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Bela Balint will be published on this website