Richard Clayderman - World superstar of piano
Richard Clayderman is a best selling recording artist and concert performer. Born Philippe Pagès in 1953, he was accepted at the Conservatoire of Music, but in his late teens cast aside his classical training and turned to contemporary music. When his father became unwell Clayderman found work as an accompanist and session musician, and was soon in demand to accompany major French stars including Michel Sardou, Thierry LeLuron and Johnny Halliday. In 1976 he was asked to record a gentle piano ballad, called Ballade pour Adeline, and, changing his name to Richard Clayderman, he went on to sell almost 150 million records worldwide in a career spanning many decades. Richard Clayderman will play New Zealand as part of his 40th Anniversary World Tour, details here.