Stjepan Mihaljinec

Born: December 1st, 1935, Zagreb (Yugoslavia, nowadays Croatia)
Died: February 13th, 2014, Zagreb (Croatia)
Nationality: Croatian

Pianist, composer, and arranger Stjepan Mihaljinec graduated from the Zagreb Music Academy in 1963. For years, he worked for RTV Zagreb, writing music for television and radio programmes. He composed over 200 songs, interpreted by artists such as Ivo Robić, Vice Vukov, Mišo Kovač, and Đani Maršan. As an arranger, he also worked with Krunoslav Slabinac. He conducted in many editions of the Split Festival and performed with international stars such as Domenico Modugno, Sergio Endrigo, and Johnny Logan.

Stjepan Mihaljinec conducted many songs in the Yugoslavian and Croatian Eurovision preselections, the last time being in 2001. As a conductor, he represented Yugoslavia in the international festival once, in 1990, with ‘Hajde da ludujemo’. The entry was composed by Zrinko Tutić, arranged by Nikša Bratoš, and performed by the group Tajči. In the festival in Zagreb, this song finished seventh.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Stjepan Mihaljinec will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1990: Hajde da ludujemo