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Timebelle is a Swiss-Romanian band from Bern, currently consisting of lead vocalist Miruna Mănescu and multi-instrumentalist Emanuel Daniel Andriescu. Past members include accordionist Rade Mijatović, guitarist Christoph Siegrist, and bassist Sándor Török. The band was formed as a five-member boyband while its members were students at the University of Bern. Shortly after, Miruna was added to the group as a lead singer by their Romanian producer Mihai Alexandru. The name of the band is derived from the Zytglogge which is one of the main sights of Bern.

While the band was formed in and is based in Switzerland, its members have hailed from Romania, Hungary, and Serbia, in addition to Switzerland.

The band represented Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Apollo” placing 12th in the 2nd Semi Final. They previously attempted to represent Switzerland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 with the song “Singing About Love”, but failed, placing second in the Swiss national final.

The Band Members

Miruna Manescu Portrait

Miruna Mănescu

Lead Singer

As a trained musician and dedicated actress, lead singer Miruna Manescu (RUNA) from Romania started to sing when she was only nine years old. Her mother saw that she possessed the vocal talent and technique and soon after she began taking singing classes with a vocal coach in a music school. She started to participate in musical contests at an early age, and she is proud to say that she has won only first prizes and trophes during this period of time which shaped her taste in music and her style of performing. 

Miruna has a bohemian nature and she always gets involved in the writing process of their materials, because she says “an artist has to be in a direct connection with what she/he performs. Writing music is not easy, is like going to the therapist where you have to open some of the deepest wounds you have had your entire life. But that is also the reason music is the best therapy in the world.” 

Next to her musical career, she has finished a bachelor in Political Science at the University of Bucharest, and recently has started a Master in Cultural Anthropology, due to her tendencies to view the world from a qualitative perspective which, in her opinion, does not try to justify cultural differences, but rather helps us understand and tolerate the existent cultural differences around the globe. 

Emanuel Andriescu

Multi Instrumentalist

Emanuel Daniel Andriescu was born in a family where music was the main language. He started to play the piano when he was only five years old. Later on he chose the clarinet as  his main instrument and at nine he started his early career as a solist in the orchestra from his hometown in Romania. 

He finished a bachelor in classical music at Hochschule der Kunste Bern (HKB), a Master in Musical Performance and a Master in Music Pedagogy. Thanks to his deep musical knowledge he received the chance to study at Juilliard School of Music, where he focused more on Jazz. 

Emanuel became a clarinet and saxophone teacher in 2015 and since then he has grown a large number of happy and dedicated students who are in love with these instruments thanks to him. The internationally active musician has been living in Switzerland for the last thirteen years and says he feels here at home. 

Not only is he a gifted instrumentist, but he is also the manager of the group Timebelle in which he actively participates in promoting the group´s music and image. He achieves his goals with a lot of charm, persuation and dedication. He has a strong will and rarely takes no for an answer. 



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