Richard Clayderman

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Richard Clayderman
Clayderman in 2006
Clayderman in 2006
Background information
Birth namePhilippe Pagès
Born (1953-12-28) 28 December 1953 (age 70)
OriginParis, France
GenresEasy listening
Years active1976–present
LabelsDelphine Records

Richard Clayderman (French pronunciation: [ʁiʃaʁ klɛidɛʁman]; born Philippe Pagès French pronunciation: [filip paʒɛs], 28 December 1953 in Paris)[1] is a French pianist who has released numerous albums including the compositions of Paul de Senneville, Olivier Toussaint and Marc Minier, instrumental renditions of popular music, rearrangements of movie soundtracks, ethnic music, and easy-listening arrangements of popular works of classical music.

Early life[edit]

Clayderman learned piano from his father, an accordion teacher.

At the age of twelve, he was accepted into the Conservatoire de Paris,[2] where he won great acclaim in his later adolescent years. Financial difficulties, precipitated by his father's illness, forestalled a promising career as a classical pianist.[1] In order to earn a living, he found work as a bank clerk and as an accompanist to contemporary bands. He accompanied French singers such as Johnny Hallyday, Thierry Le Luron, and Michel Sardou.[2]

"Ballade pour Adeline"[edit]

In 1976, he was invited by Olivier Toussaint, a French record producer, and his partner Paul de Senneville, to record a gentle piano ballad. De Senneville had composed this ballad as a tribute to his baby daughter, Adeline. The 23-year-old Pagès was auditioned along with 20 other pianists and got the job. "He was an interesting musician with a soft touch and good technique", said Toussaint. "And he looked good, too."[3]

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.[4] It was called "Ballade pour Adeline".[2]


Clayderman has recorded over 1,300 melodies and has created a new romantic style through a repertoire which combines his trademark originals with classics and pop standards.[2] As of 2006, his record sales number at approximately 70 million, and has 267 gold and 70 platinum albums 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".[5]


Studio albums, 1977–2022[edit]

  • Richard Clayderman (aka Ballade pour Adeline, 1977)
  • A Comme Amour/Les Fleurs Sauvages (1978)
  • Rêveries (1979)
  • Lettre à Ma Mère (1979)
  • Medley Concerto (1979)
  • Les Musiques de l’Amour (1980)
  • Rondo Pour un Tout Petit Enfant (1981)
  • Christmas (1982)
  • Rêveries No. 2 (1982)
  • Couleur Tendresse (1982)
  • Les Rêves d'Amour (aka A Dream of Love, 1983)
  • Le Premier Chagrin d’Elsa (1983)
  • Italie Mon Amour (1984)
  • The Music of Love (1984)
  • Cœur fragile (1984)
  • Concerto (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1985)
  • Divorce à Hollywood/Irreconcilable Differences (soundtrack, 1985)
  • From Paris with Love (1985)
  • Les Sonates (with Nicolas de Angelis, 1985)
  • Hollywood and Broadway (1986)
  • Romantic (1986)
  • Eléana (1987)
  • Songs of Love (1987)
  • A Little Night Music (1988)
  • Deutsche Volkslieder (with the Schöneberger Sängerknaben, 1988)
  • Quel Gran Genio Del Mio Amico – Richard Clayderman Interpreta Lucio Battisti (1988)
  • Romantic America (1988)
  • Zodiacal Symphony (1988)
  • The Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber (1989)
  • Amour Pour Amour (with Berdien Stenberg, 1989)
  • Il Y A Toujours du Soleil Au-Dessus des Nuages (with James Last, 1990)
  • My Classic Collection (1990)
  • The Fantastic Movie Story of Ennio Morricone (1990)
  • Anemos (1990)
  • The Confluence (2003)
  • Romantique (2013)
  • Forever Love (2022)

Live albums[edit]

  • En Concert (1981)
  • A Pleyel (with Nicolas de Angelis, 1983)
  • Brasil Tour ’86 (Brazil, 1986)
  • Concert under the stars (Japan 1983)


  1. ^ a b "Richard Clayderman". Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 500. ISBN 0-85112-939-0.
  3. ^ "Olivier Toussaint Interview". 16 March 2010. Archived from the original on 16 March 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  4. ^ "Biography". 25 July 2010. Archived from the original on 25 July 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  5. ^ "'Kenny G of the piano' is ready to woo". 8 September 2006. Retrieved 20 August 2021.

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