World’s Best Accordionist Will Give a Concert in Astana

World-famous French accordionist and composer Richard Galliano will perform for the first time at the Astana Opera. The concert “Celebration of Music” will be held at the Astana Opera Chamber Hall on June 17.  

On this day, residents and guests of the capital will have a unique chance to enjoy the performance of a musician, who is universally acknowledged as world’s best accordionist. Equally masterfully, Richard Galliano plays another instrument – bandoneon. The artist is a friend and pupil of the legendary Astor Piazzolla, and a creator of a new musical genre that combines elements of classical music, jazz and French chanson – the “New Musette”. Over the years of a long and fruitful career, he recorded more than 50 solo albums that became bestsellers. During his world tours he performed with great success at the most prestigious international venues, collaborated with many eminent artists and collectives.

Richard Galliano began studying piano and accordion at the age of 4 with his father Lucien Galliano, accordionist and teacher. For his achievements in the field of art he has been awarded many significant prizes. It should be noted that Richard Galliano is a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France and Officer of the National Order of Merit. He received this high award personally from the President of the Republic of France François Hollande.

The popular artist’s creative work covers all genres, from classical music to jazz. Shortly before his first performance in Kazakhstan, Richard Galliano noted that he is looking forward to getting to know the country and its people.

“In Astana, I will perform some of my works, such as “Tango pour Claude”, “La Valse à Margaux”, “Opale Concerto” and “Madreperla”, as well as compositions by A. Piazzolla. When I write music, I draw inspiration from everyday life: communication with children, friends, parents, vivid views of nature, a rich palette of emotions, feelings, colors,” Richard Galliano said.

The concert will be held with the support of the Embassy of France in Kazakhstan.

The performance will begin at 13:00.

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