Born: April 21st, 1963
Nationality: Slovakian (formerly: Czechoslovakian)
Juraj Burian has played the guitar since he was ten and was a member of Peter Breiner’s jazz-rock band Klobása (1984-’85) and the VV Systém Jazz Orchestra. From 1987 to 1991, he studied the guitar at Bratislava’s Conservatory, upon which he left for the United States to follow courses at the renowned Berklee College of Music (1992-’95). Burian was a member of Scat and formed a guitar trio with Anton Jaro and Matúš Jakabčic. On several occasions, he performed at the Bratislava Jazz Days and the Slovak Jazz Festival. In the early 1990s, he regularly wrote arrangements for Vladimír Valovič’s Radio Bratislava Big Band. In 1998, he founded the Juraj Burian Band.
In 1996, Juraj Burian composed, arranged, and conducted the Slovakian entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, ‘Kým nás máš’ (lyrics: Jozef Urban). The sophisticated ballad was performed by Marcel Palonder and reached an eighteenth place.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Juraj Burian will be published on this website
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