Vladimír Valovič

Born: May 9th, 1945, Čáry (Czechoslovakia, nowadays Slovakia)
Nationality: Slovak (until 1992: Czechoslovak)

Biography
At the Bratislava Conservatory, Vladimír Valovič studied the trumpet and conducting (1961-’67). In the early 1970s, he worked as the musical director of the Czech radio branches in Brno and Bratislava. In 1974, he founded the VV Systém Jazz Orchestra, with which he toured in Czechoslovakia and abroad; amongst the members of the orchestra was Juraj Burian. Between 1983 and 1994, Valovič conducted the Radio Bratislava Big Band and, from 1994 onwards, he has waved the baton for the Gustav Brom Orchestra. He arranged and conducted songs in many editions of the Bratislavská Lýra Festival.

Vladimir Valovič conducted three Slovak Eurovision entries, the first one being ‘Amnestia na neveru’, which was performed by Elán in the 1993 Eurovision pre-selection for the new EBU members from Eastern Europe; the Slovak rock ballad came just one point short of qualifying for the international final in Millstreet. One year later, the country made its official debut in the contest with Martin Ďurinda and his band Tublatanka and their composition, ‘Nekonečna pieseň’ – another rock anthem, which finished nineteenth. In 1998, on his birthday, Valovič led the Eurovision orchestra in Birmingham for ‘Modlitba’, a stylish yet much underrated ballad performed by Katarina Hasprová.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Vladimír Valovič will be published on this website

  

Songs conducted
1994: Nekonečná pieseň
1998: Modlitba

Preselection
1993: Amnestia na neveru