Richard Galliano began by studying the accordion and entered the Nice Conservatory where he took courses in writing and the slide trombone – an instrument for which he won a First Prize in 1969. When he arrived in Paris in 1975, he met Claude Nougaro, whose accordionist and musical collaborator he would become. From this friendship sprang some of the song jewels of recent years (Des voiliers, Vie Violence…). A second important encounter took place in 1980, with Astor Piazzolla. From this encounter, the French “new musette” was born. In the course of his long career, Richard Galliano has recorded more than 50 albums; today he is the only classical accordionist to be signed by Deutsche Grammophon.