Richard Galliano



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Richard Galliano


08.11. 21:00
Opernhaus, Halle

Richard GallianoPaolo FresuJan Lundgren,  Mare Nostrum

Richard Galliano, accordion
Jan Lundgren, piano


Galliano accomplishes the feat of allowing the sound to float so lightly and airily that one thinks of a spring day in a French pavement café while the last snowflakes of winter whirl around. BERLINER MORGENPOST

There are few musicians that have reinvigorated an instrument as well as a whole musical style, and have brought it to the attention of many new listeners. Richard Galliano has managed this for the accordion and the connected French musette tradition, as a partner to the French chanson stars of the 1970s, a pioneer of the jazz accordion, and the creator of his own style, “New Musette”. A regular fixture at the great international jazz festivals for decades, the accordion and bandoneon player now often performs in the classical concert hall. Richard Galliano regularly appears as a soloist with orchestra, string quartet and quintet, performing his own compositions, new interpretations of classical pieces, and pieces by his mentor and friend Astor Piazzolla.

Born in 1959 in Cannes with Italian ancestry, Richard Galliano began to study the instrument with his father, accordionist Lucien Galliano, from the age of four (father and son published a prize-winning teaching method for the accordion). Whilst still a teenager, he started music studies at the Conservatory in Nice, including music theory and trombone, and found success at competitions. Richard Galliano first discovered jazz when he was about 14 years old and was one of the first to transfer its style to the accordion. In 1973 he met Claude Nougaro in Paris, who made the young musician arranger and conductor of his group. The sound of Richard Galliano’s accordion appears on countless records of popular French artists of the period, including Barbara, Charles Aznavour and Juliette Gréco. At the same time, he remained connected to jazz, and through the 1980s performed with figures including Chet Baker, Toots Thielemanns and Ron Carter.

His totally new musical direction was inspired by Astor Piazzolla. In 1983, Richard Galliano was the solo bandoneon player in a theater project alongside the creator of Tango Nuevo. Astor Piazzolla encouraged him to look to his musical origins, and thus motivated the creation of “New Musette”. Released in 1991, the album of the same name presented his new jazz-inspired look at the French musette in quartet arrangement and became a great success, winning the renowned Prix Django Reinhardt. A series of important albums followed, including New York Tango with George Mraz, Al Foster and Biréli Lagrène, which was awarded the Victoire de la Musique, and the 1997 release Blow Up which was recorded with Michel Portal. He regularly appeared in a trio with Daniel Humair and Jean-Francois Jenny-Clarke, and later with Clarence Penn and Larry Grenadier in New York. In addition, he has repeatedly performed with musicians such as Jan Garbarek, Martial Solal, Hermeto Pascoal, Gary Burton, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Charlie Haden and Wynton Marsalis.

Since the end of the 1990s, he has mostly performed his own compositions and music by Astor Piazzolla in arrangements for orchestra and chamber ensembles, documented in CDs including Piazzolla Forever, released in 2003. Since 2010, he has released four CDs on Deutsche Grammophon, including new interpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach with a classically trained sextet; a recording of film music by Nino Rota with a quartet including trumpeter Dave Douglas; and albums of music by Vivaldi and Mozart, arranged for sextet.

2017/2018 season

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Richard Galliano, Thierry Escaich
Jade, 699 896-2, 2017

CR Deutsche Grammophon

Bach on accordion

Deutsche Grammophon, 2010

CR Deutsche Grammophon

Nino Rota

Deutsche Grammophon, 2012

CR Deutsche Grammophon


Deutsche Grammophon, 2016

New Jazz Musette

New jazz Musette

Ponderosa, 2017

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Galliano's sense of how to construct and to pace a recital from start to end was a revelation (...) The joy of this CD is its variety and its total assurance. London Jazz News, 14.05.2019

Galliano, of course, is a master of this genre, and a virtuoso of the accordion. Escaich is new to me. Together they create a fascinating patchwork of colours and textures. The Guardian, Jazz The Observer, 14.01.2018

Galliano continues to impress as one of the most meditative but also rhythmically captivating sculptors of sound in jazz. Jazz Journal, 05.2016, Michael Tucker

His accordion playing is a reflection of who he is, more than with anyone else I ever played with. He is a virtuoso and to some the most important player in the history of the accordion. Jazz Journal, 05.2016, Jan Lundgren

Galliano brings these songs to life with his exceptional accordion playing. Emder Zeitung, 03.2016

Once again, one loses oneself in the (…) contrapuntal cascades that spring from Galliano’s instrument. Rhein-Main Magazin, 03.2016

Richard Galliano (…) knows how to combine virtuosity with a highly expressive sensitivity.  24 heures, 20-21.02.2016, Boris Senff

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Orchestra Repertoire

Johann Sebastian Bach Concerto for violin and oboe in C minor, BWV 1060R
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041
Richard Galliano La Valse à Margaux – for accordion and string orchestra
Madreperla Concerto – for bandoneon and orchestra
Opale Concerto - for accordion and string orchestra
Petite Suite Française - for accordion and string orchestra
Suite „Contrastes“ – for accordion, violoncello and string orchestra
Tango pour Claude – for accordion and string orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto for clarinet and orchestra A major KV 622
Antonio Vivaldi The four seasons
Concerto No. 1 in E major, op.8, RV 269, „La primavera”
Concerto No. 2 in G minor, op. 8, RV 315, „L'estate“
Concerto No. 3 in F major, op.8 RV 293 „L’autunno“
Concerto No. 4 in F minor, op.8 RV 297 „L’inverno“
Astor Piazzolla Aconcagua - Concerto for bandoneon and string orchestra
Tango Rhapsodie „Adios Nonino“
Double Concerto for guitar, accordion and string orchestra
Estaciones Porteñas
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Recital Programmes

Johann Sebastian Bach Air on the G string (arrangement L.Stokowski)
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Partita in A minor, BWV 1013
Cello Suite No. 1 in G major BWV 1007
Claude Debussy Clair de Lune (arrangement K.Hvala)
Luciano Fancelli Acquarelli Cubani
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio in C major for Glass Harmonica, K.356/K.617a
Richard Galliano Aria
La Valse à Margaux
Vague à l’âme
Enrique Granados Andaluza
Astor Piazzolla Adios Nonino
Chiquilin de Bachin
Flora’s Game
Leijias‘ Game
Pedro y Pedro
Sunny’s Game
Tango Ballet
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