Mario RobbianiBorn: December 21st, 1930, Paradiso, Lugano (Switzerland)
Died: May 18th, 1993, Lugano (Switzerland)
Mario Robbiani’s involvement in the Eurovision Song Contest spans almost thirty years. For the very first Eurovision Song Contest, held in Lugano (Switzerland) in ’56, he arranged both Swiss entries, amongst which Lys Assia’s winning ‘Refrain’. Four years later, he composed ‘Cielo e terra’ for his protégé Anita Traversi, who represented Switzerland in the 1960 contest in London. Between 1965 and 1984, he appeared in the contest as a conductor on four occasions: in 1965 for Yovanna and ‘Non, à jamais sans toi’, in 1968 for Gianni Mascolo and ‘Guardando il sole’, in 1976 for Peter, Sue & Marc and their ‘Djambo, djambo’, and finally in 1984 for Rainy Day and ‘Welche Farbe hat der Sonnenschein’.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Mario Robbiani will be published on this website