Jean-François Paillard (12 April 1928 – 15 April 2013) was a French conductor.
He also earned a degree in mathematics at the Sorbonne.
In 1953, he founded the Jean-Marie Leclair Instrumental Ensemble, which later became the Jean-François Paillard Chamber Orchestra in 1959. The ensemble has made recordings of much of the Baroque repertoire for Erato Records and has toured throughout Europe and the United States. It has also recorded with many leading French instrumentalists, including Maurice André, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Pierre Pierlot, Lily Laskine.
He has released 307 records.
Paillard also appeared frequently as a guest conductor with other orchestras and was active as an author. He edited the series Archives de la Musique Instrumentale and published La musique française classique in 1960.
He died in April 2013, aged 85.
- attitude. "LA LETTRE DU MUSICIEN: Disparition de Jean-François Paillard". Lalettredumusicien.fr. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
- Thierry Merle Le miracle Erato EME 2004
- obituary (fr), "Le Monde", 24/4/2013