Bela Balint

Born: 1950, Budapest (Hungary)
Nationality: Swiss (formerly: Hungarian)

Pianist, arranger, composer, and producer Bela Balint received a classical conservatory education. As an arranger, he worked with Udo Jürgens and Ute Lemper. He was a member of the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra from 1984 to 1989. He arranged and composed for the Paul Kuhn Big Band and many other ensembles in (West) Germany and Switzerland. Moreover, he composes music to TV and radio commercials and, occasionally, motion pictures. Since 2002, he has taught jazz piano and arranging at his private music school.

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



Songs conducted
1990: Musik klingt in die Welt hinaus