Richard Clayderman (born 1954) is a true virtuoso pianist who has
released numerous albums, including his renditions of some of the works of
composers like Beethoven, Liszt, Chopin and Mozart. He is also known for his
symphonical rendition of many modern songs including Yesterday, The Sound of
Silence and Memory.
Born Philippe Pagès in Paris to a piano teacher, Clayderman started
studying at a conservatory at 12. He has done more for popularising the
piano since Beethoven and is widely regarded as the father of contemporary
piano. Clayderman is the most successful instrumental artist the world has
ever seen and holds the record of performing 200 concerts in 250 days.