Gian StellariBorn: January 14th, 1929, Codogno (Italy)
He was the musical director of the 1956 Sanremo Festival, in which he conducted all entries. With his ‘Orchestra Arcobaleno’ (Rainbow Orchestra), he made recordings of various entries of this festival; amongst those the winning “Aprite le finestre” by Franca Raimondi, as well as the runner-up, Tonina Torrielli’s “Amami se vuoi”. These two songs were the Italian entries to the very first Eurovision Song Contest, held in Lugano (Switzerland). Stellari conducted the Swiss orchestra during both performances.
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