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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Richard Clayderman (born Philippe Pagès on December 28 1953 Paris) is a French pianist started learning piano at a very tender age from his father who was a piano teacher. Recalling the early 80s practically one can hear his music in all corners of Taiwan, the whole island inundated with Claydermania.

At age twelve he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire of Music where he won great acclaim in his later adolescent years. To make ends meet due to financial constraints he has to work two jobs; bank clerk in the day and an accompanist to contemporary bands at night.

And now the facts from Wikipedia..In 1976 he was invited by Olivier Toussaint a French record producer and his partner Paul de Senneville to record a gentle piano ballad. Paul de Senneville had composed this ballad as a tribute to his new born daughter “Adeline”. The 23 year old Philippe Pagès was auditioned along with 20 other pianists and got the job. "He was an interesting musician with a soft touch and good technique" says Toussaint. "And he looked good too." Philippe Pagès' name was changed to Richard Clayderman (he adopted his great-grandmother's last name to avoid mispronunciation of his real name outside France) and the single took off selling 22 million copies in 38 countries. It was called Ballade pour Adeline.

He has recorded over 1200 melodies and has created a new romantic style through a repertoire which combines his trademark originals with classics and pop standards. He has devoted much of his time to performing concerts and pleasing his fans going as far as playing 200 shows in 250 days. He has clocked up worldwide record sales of approximately 90 million at the last count and a remarkable 267 Gold and 70 Platinum discs to his credit. He is popular in Asia and is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as being "“the most successful pianist in the world."

7 muzika comments:

foongpc said...

I used to like Richard Clayderman's music. But now, I find it a bit boring. Maybe I heard too much? : )

CheaHS@n said...

Guess its the trend I presume or age is catching up haha:p

Mei Teng said...

I listened to this piano maestro when I learned to play the piano eons ago.

Pete said...

Love his music, simple and nice!

CheaHS@n said...

Hi Mei Teng ~ wanted to post this in my oldies blog but since its classical decided not to. Just looked at his latest photo so much different compared 25 years ago.

Hi Pete - yeah easy going and quite relaxing.

foongpc said...

You know what? I think I know why I find Clayderman's music boring. I think his songs use chords that are boring and unadventurous. I prefer new age piano music where they use lots of nice sounding chords. Clayderman's music is a bit plain to me : )

jam said...

I never knew Richard Clayderman is a French. I thought he is an American!