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Richard Clayderman

Richard Clayderman
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Calgary

From his interpretations of "Ballade Pour Adeline" to the beautiful Chinese piece "Butterfly Lovers", Richard Clayderman has been an inspirational musician for 40 years. He is a true piano phenomenon, who has created the "new romantic" style of piano playing by combining the classical and pop music in a hugely successful manner. He has sold millions of records and travelled across the continents to share his love for music with people who have drastically different background, musical knowledge and nationality.

Born and raised in Paris, France, Clayderman started practicing the piano at the tender age of five. The "Prince of Romance", as he was dubbed by Nancy Reagan, created a distinctive piano style that has earned him superstar status all over the world. In the words of a German journalist, "he was arguably done more to popularise the piano around the world than anyone since Beethoven."

By skillfully collaborating and connecting with his audience on an emotional level during his World Tours, Richard Clayderman often creates an incredibly romantic ambiance in the concert hall where he chooses to perform. "I love performing live on stage", he says, "because I have direct contact with my audience. In concert, with my 10 musicians or a symphony orchestra, I like to mix different tempos, rhythms and styles to evoke all kinds of emotion".

Richard Clayderman's timeless musicality combined with his charismatic personality has been perceived by his audience to be both genuine and enormously touching. Despite his natural shyness and reserve, his signature angelic smile and wonderfully good-looking sand hair have won hears of millions of fans around the globe. A true legend, Clayderman's dazzling performance and his special use of the keyboard and orchestra have gained him unprecedented popularity in the music industry.

Richard Clayderman has recorded over 1,300 melodies, and has created a distinctive romantic style through a repertoire which combines his trademark originals with classics and pop standards. He has devoted much of his time performing concerts, going as far as playing 200 shows in 250 days. His tireless devotion to music has made him an inspirational figure for many young musicians even till today. As of 2006, his record sales number at approximately 150 million, and has 267 gold and 70 platinum albums to his credit. He is popular in Asia and is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as being "the most successful pianist in the world"

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