Radovan Papović

Born: 1950, Herceg Novi (Yugoslavia, nowadays: Montenegro)
Nationality: Montenegrin

For many years, Radovan Papović was the chief conductor of the RTV Montenegro Symphony Orchestra (Simfonijski Orkestar Crnogorske RTV). As a guest, he led various other orchestras, including the Mostar Symphonic and the Montenegro Symphonic. For the latter, he often orchestrated classical pieces, such as the opera ‘Balkanska carica’. He does not only perform and write music, but he also works as a teacher and is the president of Montenegro’s National Music Academy.

In 1983, a Croatian singer called Daniel (real name: Milan Popović) won the Yugoslavian Eurovision preselection with the self-penned and highly catchy ‘Džuli’, which was submitted by the Montenegrin broadcaster. As a result, it was RTV Montenegro conductor Radovan Papović who accompanied him to the Eurovision Song Contest in Munich. The orchestration to the song was written by Mato Došen, who played the accordion on stage. ‘Džuli’ finished fourth in the contest – at that time, Yugoslavia had never before scored so well – and became a bestselling record in many European countries.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Radovan Papović will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1983: Džuli