Born: 1928, Cayman Islands
Hardy Schneiders was born from German-Swiss parents who lived in the Caribbean and grew up in Switzerland from his third year onwards. He studied at conservatories in Neuchâtel and Genève, with trombone as his main subject. After a short spell as an instrumentalist in the DRS Basel broadcasting orchestra, he went to Munich to study conducting with Eugen Jochum. Subsequently, Schneiders worked as a conductor for opera orchestras. After a short spell in the United States, he returned to Europe and worked as an arranger in the recording studio for Karel Gott, Buzz Bennett, and some other artists. He made a world tour with Josephine Baker and was a member of the teaching staff of the Basel Music Academy for two years. As a composer, he mainly wrote for wind band.
In 1971, Hardy Schneiders conducted the Swiss Eurovision entry in the contest in Dublin, ‘Les illusions de nos vingt ans’, sung by Peter, Sue & Marc. Composer Peter Reber (one of the performers) had also written the orchestration. This wonderful Swiss entry came twelfth. In 1989, Schneiders helped Georges Walther with the orchestration to ‘Viver senza tei’, that year’s Swiss entry, which was performed by Furbaz and came thirteenth; conductor was Benoît Kaufman.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Hardy Schneiders will be published on this website
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