Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano
Galliano performing in Stockholm in July 2009.
Background information
Born (1950-12-12) December 12, 1950
Genres Jazz, tango
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Accordion, trombone, piano, bandoneón
Years active 1964–
Associated acts Claude Nougaro
Website .htm/english/

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


  • Biography 1
  • Honors 2
  • Discography 3
    • As leader 3.1
    • As sideman 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Photo by Andrea Colombara

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 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]


As leader

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

As sideman

With Ivan Paduart
  • 1993: Illusions Sensorielles (IGLOO Jazz)
  • 1994: Douces Illusions (IGLOO Jazz)
  • 1995: Folies Douces (IGLOO Jazz)
With Anouar Brahem
  • 1991: Panamanhattan (Dreyfus Jazz)
  • 1994: Khomsa (ECM Records)
  • 1996: Panamanhattan (re-release)
With Mango
With Matthieu Michel
  • 1995: Estate (TCB The Montreux Jazz Label)
With Astor Piazzolla
  • 1997: El Suenio De Una Noche De Verano (Fundacion Piazzolla), with Roberto Lara
With Eddy Louiss
  • 2001: Face to Face (Dreyfus Jazz), duo
With Søren Siegumfeldt's String Swing
With Michel Portal
  • 2004: Concerts (Dreyfus Jazz), duo
With Mike del Ferro
  • 2005: New Belcanto Opera Meets Jazz (Nicolosi Productions), featuring Galliano and Toots Thielemans
With Jan Lundgren and Paolo Fresu
With Christian Howes
  • 2012: Southern Exposure (Resonance)[6]


  1. ^ a b c d Bessières, Vincent. "Richard Galliano". Bioography.  
  2. ^ Allmusic biography
  3. ^ Aboucaya, Jacques; Kennedy, Gary (2002). "Galliano, Richard". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz, vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. pp. 6–7.  
  4. ^ a b c "Richard Galliano". Bioography.  
  5. ^ May, Chris (2007-02-20). "Richard Galliano: Luz Negra (2007)".  
  6. ^ "Richard Galliano". Discography.  

External links

  • Official website
  • Richard Galliano & French Touch Quartet - Laurita - Chivas Jazz Festival - SP - 2004 on YouTube
  • L'Hymne A L'Amour - Richard Galliano & Gary Burton on YouTube
  • Richard Galliano playing Libertango (Piazzolla Forever) NEW VIDEO !!! on YouTube