Richard Galliano
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Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano French musician

French musician
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro French musician
Countries France
Occupations Musician Composer Jazz musician
Type Music
Gender male
Birth 12 December 1950 (Cannes, arrondissement of Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur)
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
Education Conservatory of Nice
The details

Richard Galliano (born December 12, 1950, Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes) is a French accordionist.


Photo by Andrea Colombara

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

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.

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.


  • 1993: Django Reinhardt prize by the Académie du Jazz


As leader

  • 1985: Spleen (CY)
  • 1991: Flyin' the Coop (52e Rue Est), with Jimmy Gourley
  • 1991: New Musette (Label Bleu), R.G. Quartet including with Pierre Michelot, Phillip Catherine, Aldo Romano
  • 1992: Blues Sur Seine (La Lichère), with Jean-Charles Capon
  • 1992: Coloriage (Egea), with Gabriele Mirabassi
  • 1993: Viaggio (Dreyfus), with Charles Bellonzi, Pierre Michelot and Biréli Lagrène
  • 1995: Laurita (Dreyfus), with Palle Danielsson and Joey Baron, and guests Michel Portal, Toots Thielemans and Didier Lockwood
  • 1996: New York Tango (Dreyfus), with Biréli Lagrène, George Mraz and Al Foster
  • 1997: Blow Up (Dreyfus) with Michel Portal
  • 1998: French Touch (Dreyfus), with Michel Portal, Jean-François Jenny-Clark and Daniel Humair (first session; May 1998), and André Ceccarelli, Remi Vignolo and Jean-Marie Ecay (second session; June 1998)
  • 1999: Passatori (Dreyfus), with "I Solist Dell' Orchestra Della Toscana"
  • 2003: Piazzolla Forever (2003), with string quartet, piano and double bass
  • 2005: Ruby, My Dear (Dreyfus), the New York Trio including with Larry Grenadier and Clarence Penn
  • 2006: Luz Negra (Milan)
  • 2006: Solo (Milan)
  • 2007: If You Love Me (L'Hymne a l'amour) (CAM Jazz), R. G. Quartet including George Mraz, Clarence Penn featuring Gary Burton
  • 2008: Love Day – Los Angeles Sessions (Milan)
  • 2008: Ten Years Ago (Milan), with Brussels Jazz Orchestra
  • 2010: Bach (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • 2011: Nino Rota (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • 2013: Vivaldi (Deutsche Grammophon)
  • 2016: Mozart (Deutsche Grammophon)


  • 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

  • 1991: Panamanhattan (Dreyfus)
  • 1994: Khomsa (ECM)
  • 1996: Panamanhattan (re-release)

With Mango

  • 1992: Come l'acqua (Fonit Cetra)

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

  • 2004: Blue Hat (Stunt), with Josefine Cronholm

With Michel Portal

  • 2004: Concerts (Dreyfus), duo

With Mike del Ferro

  • 2005: New Belcanto Opera Meets Jazz (Nicolosi), featuring Galliano and Toots Thielemans

With Jan Lundgren and Paolo Fresu

  • 2007: Mare Nostrum (ACT)

With Christian Howes

  • 2012: Southern Exposure (Resonance)
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