Richard Clayderman is a French pianist. At the age of 12 he was accepted into a college of music and dance and won great acclaim in his teenage years but due to his father’s illness, his promising career as a classical pianist was thwarted. He began work as a bank clerk and as an accompanist to modern bands. He was invited by a record producer to record a gentle piano ballad; he was auditioned along with 20 other pianists and got the job. The single sold 22 million copies in 38 countries.
He has since recorded over 1300 melodies and created a new romantic style combining his originals with classics and pop. He has performed at concerts, playing in 200 shows in 250 days. He has recorded sales of approximately 150 million and has 267 gold and 70 platinum albums. He is entered in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the “most successful pianist in the world”