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Pierre Cao (born 22 December 1937 in Dudelange) is a Luxembourgian composer and conductor.[1][2] He studied composition and conducting at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.

Classical musicEdit

Cao is the regular conductor of Arsys, Bourgogne with whom he has recorded Biber's Requiem and other baroque works. He taught at the Luxembourg Conservatoire until 1998 and has led various vocal ensembles in Luxembourg and the surrounding region. Cao is a co-founder of the Institut Européen du Chant Choral (INECC).

Selected discographyEdit


He was the musical director for both the 1973 and 1984 Eurovision Song Contests, staged in the Grand Duchy at the Nouveau Theatre. He conducted Luxembourg's winning song in 1973. Unusually, he did not conduct Luxembourg's entry in 1984 (it was conducted by Pascal Stive), despite being the show's musical director. He did however conduct the German and Cypriot entries.

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Preceded by
  Malcolm Lockyer
Eurovision Song Contest conductor
Succeeded by
  Ronnie Hazlehurst
Preceded by
  Dieter Reith
Eurovision Song Contest conductor
Succeeded by
  Curt-Eric Holmquist


  1. ^ "Pierre Cao". Bach Cantatas. Retrieved 2010-12-03.
  2. ^ Biography