Without a doubt Richard Galliano is the most famous accordionist ofhis generation. The French prodigy's career is remarkable. The now58-year-old Galliano studied in Nice and, as a teenager, won nearlyevery accordion contest he participated in. After he moved toParis, things went really fast for the sympathetic Frenchman. Hewas asked to perform with French legends like Charles Aznavour,Juliette Gréco and Georges Moustaki. In 1983 he met his great idol,Astor Piazzolla. The two remained friends until the death of theArgentinean grandmaster in 1992.
From 1980 onwards, Galliano shared the stage with jazz stars likeChet Baker, Joe Zawinul, Michel Petrucciani and Toots Thielemans.He has been working on interesting projects with his own band foryears. Since he developed the so-called 'New Musette' style in1991, the accordionist has been a shining example for an entiregeneration of new musicians. His latest project is the CD Love Daywhich he recorded together with pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, bassistCharlie Haden and Mino Cinelu on drums. Richard Bona and ClarencePenn will take up the spots of the latter two. Virtuosity and asense for both jazz and classical music will then be reunited.