Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano (born December 12, 1950, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes) is a French accordionist of Italian heritage. [1][2]

Richard Galliano
Galliano performing in Stockholm, July 2009
Background information
Born (1950-12-12) December 12, 1950
Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes, France
GenresJazz, tango
Years active1964–present
LabelsDeutsche Grammophon
Associated actsClaude Nougaro
WebsiteOfficial site


He was drawn to music at an early age, starting with the accordion at 4,[3] influenced by his father Luciano, an accordionist originally from Italy, living in Nice.[1]

After a long and intense period of study (he took up lessons on the trombone, harmony, and counterpoint at the Academy of Music in Nice), at 14, in a search to expand his ideas on the accordion, he began listening to jazz and heard records by the trumpet player Clifford Brown. "I copied all the choruses of Clifford Brown, impressed by his tone and his drive, his way of phrasing over the thunderous playing of Max Roach". Fascinated by this new world, Richard was amazed that the accordion had never been part of this musical adventure. In this period, Galliano won twice the first prize in the "world accordion cap competition" which took place in Spain (1966) and France (1967). In the Spanish competition, the participants' duty work was "Chaconne" by the Israeli accordionist Yehuda Oppenheimer. Galliano and Oppenheimer kept up their musical collaboration and personal friendship until Oppenheimer's death in 2012.[4]

Some later collaborations include Astor Piazolla, George Mraz, Brigitte Fontaine, Al Foster, Juliette Greco, Charles Aznavour, Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Enrico Rava, Martial Solal, Miroslav Vitouš, Trilok Gurtu, Jan Garbarek, Michel Petrucciani, Michel Portal, Eddy Louiss, Biréli Lagrène, Sylvain Luc, Renaud Garcia-Fons, Ivan Paduart, Anouar Brahem, Wynton Marsalis, and Toots Thielemans. He was a key member of Claude Nougaro's band for several years as a pianist and accordionist.[1][4]


  • 1993: Django Reinhardt prize by the Académie du Jazz[4]
  • 121022 Galliano, asteroid.


As leader


  • 1997: Opale (Musica Jazz)
  • 2001: Gallianissimo! – The Best of Richard Galliano (Via Music)

As sideman

With Ivan Paduart

  • 1993: Illusions Sensorielles (Igloo)
  • 1994: Douces Illusions (Igloo)
  • 1995: Folies Douces (Igloo)

With Anouar Brahem

With Mango

With Matthieu Michel

  • 1995: Estate (TCB)

With Astor Piazzolla

  • 1997: El Suenio De Una Noche De Verano (Fundacion Piazzolla), with Roberto Lara

With Eddy Louiss

  • 2001: Face to Face (Dreyfus)

With Søren Siegumfeldt's String Swing

With Michel Portal

  • 2004: Concerts (Dreyfus), duo

With Mike del Ferro

With Jan Lundgren and Paolo Fresu

  • 2007: Mare Nostrum (ACT)
  • 2016: Mare Nostrum II (ACT)

With Christian Howes


  1. Bessières, Vincent. "Richard Galliano". Bioography. Deutsche Grammophon. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  2. Allmusic biography
  3. Aboucaya, Jacques; Kennedy, Gary (2002). "Galliano, Richard". In Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 6–7. ISBN 1561592846.
  4. "Richard Galliano". Bioography. Sunnyside Records. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  5. May, Chris (February 20, 2007). "Richard Galliano: Luz Negra (2007)". All About Jazz. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  6. "Richard Galliano". Discography. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
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