Richard Galliano



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Richard Galliano


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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Divertimento D-Dur KV136
Richard Galliano,  Opale Concerto - for bandoneon and strings
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Richard Galliano,  Petite Suite Française
Richard Galliano,  Tango pour Claude
Richard Galliano,  Valse à Margaux
Astor Piazzolla,  Oblivíon
Richard Galliano,  Habanerando

Richard Galliano, accordion
Wiener Concert-Verein, chamber orchestra
Kristiina Poska, conductor


Galliano accomplishes the feat of allowing the sound to float so lightly and airily that one thinks of a French café terrace on a spring day as winter’s last snowflakes whirl around. BERLINER MORGENPOST

Few musicians are capable of reinvigorating an instrument and entire style of music, bringing it to the attention of countless new listeners. Richard Galliano has achieved this for the accordion and for the attendant French musette tradition: as a partner to the French chanson stars of the 1970s, a pioneer of the jazz accordion, and as creator of his own style, “New Musette”. For decades a regular fixture of major international jazz festivals, the accordion and bandoneon player now often performs in concert halls. Richard Galliano regularly appears as a soloist with orchestras and with string quartets and quintets, performing his own compositions, new interpretations of classical pieces, and pieces by his mentor and friend Astor Piazzolla. He has performed with such renowned ensembles as the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Orchestre National de Lyon, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra and Zürich Chamber Orchestra.

Born in 1959 in Cannes with Italian ancestry, Richard Galliano was four years old when he began learning the instrument from his father, the accordionist Lucien Galliano. Together, they published a prize-winning teaching method for the accordion. Whilst still a teenager, he began his music studies at the Conservatory of Nice, including music theory and trombone, finding success at various competitions. Richard Galliano first discovered jazz when he was about 14 years old and was one of the first to carry this style over to the accordion. In 1973 in Paris he met Claude Nougaro, who invited the young musician to be 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 maintained his connections to jazz, performing throughout the 1980s with figures such as Chet Baker, Toots Thielemanns and Ron Carter.

His turn to an entirely new musical direction was inspired by Astor Piazzolla. In 1983, Richard Galliano was solo bandoneon player in a theatre project alongside Piazzolla, the creator of Tango Nuevo. Astor Piazzolla encouraged him to look to his musical roots, thus spurring the creation of “New Musette”. Released in 1991, the album of the same name presented his new jazz-inspired interpretation of French musette in quartet arrangement and became a great success, winning the renowned Prix Django Reinhardt. A series of important albums followed, among them 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-Clark, 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 late 1990s, he has mostly performed his own compositions and music by Astor Piazzolla in arrangements for orchestra and chamber ensembles, documented in CD recordings such as 2003’s Piazzolla Forever. 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 Nina Rota’s film scores with a quartet featuring trumpeter Dave Douglas, and albums of music by Vivaldi and Mozart, arranged for sextet. In October 2017 he released the CD Aria with the organist Thierry Escaich and in April 2019 his latest solo album, The Tokyo Concert, both on Jade Music.

This season's highlight is the premiere of his oratorio Les Chemins Noirs for accordion, double bass, spoken word, and choir at the Seine Musicale in Paris in January 2020.

2019/2020 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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