Henrik Otto DonnerBorn: November 16th, 1939, Tampere (Finland)
Died: June 27th, 2013, Jakobstad-Pietarsaari (Finland)
With Jim Pembroke, Henrik Otto Donner composed the 1981 Finnish Eurovision entry ‘Reggae O.K.’ by Rikki Sorsa and also penned the orchestration to it. Because regular Finnish conductor Ossi Runne was the TV commentator for the Finnish viewers in that’s years contest, it was Donner himself who conducted the orchestra in Dublin. One year later, Runne was back as a conductor, but Donner again teamed up with Pembroke to compose the Finnish entry, the much-discussed ‘Nuku pommiin’ by Kojo; again, Donner wrote the arrangement. Whereas ‘Reggae O.K.’ finished 16th, ‘Nuku pommiin’ failed to pick up any points and came 18th and last.
In due course, a more extensive biography of Henrik Otto Donner will be published on this website