Famous People From France
Find out more about the greatest French Composers, including Camille Saint-Saëns, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, Hector Berlioz, Kavinsky and Georges Bizet.
Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862
Composer
Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress

Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt
23 January 1910
Musician

Erik SatieErik Satie
17 May 1866
Musician

Jean-Michel JarreJean-Michel Jarre
24 August 1948
Composer

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel
07 March 1875
Composer
Camille Saint-SaensCamille Saint-Saëns
09 October 1835
Composer, Organist, Pianist

Georges BizetGeorges Bizet
25 October 1838
Composer

Jean-Baptiste LullyJean-Baptiste Lully
28 November 1632
Composer
Francis PoulencFrancis Poulenc
07 January 1899
Musician

Josquin des PrezJosquin des Prez
1450 AD
Composer
Nadia BoulangerNadia Boulanger
16 September 1887
Musician

Gian Carlo MenottiGian Carlo Menotti
07 July 1911
Composer and librettist

Germaine TailleferreGermaine Tailleferre
19 April 1892
Composer

Jacques ArcadeltJacques Arcadelt
1507 AD
Composer

Claudin De SermisyClaudin De Sermisy
1490 AD
French composer
Guy-Manuel de Homem-ChristoGuy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
08 February 1974
Musician, Composer, Screenwriter

Thomas BangalterThomas Bangalter
03 January 1975
Disc jockey, Singer, Guitarist, Director,

M. PokoraM. Pokora
26 September 1985
Composer, Singer

Johnny HallydayJohnny Hallyday
15 June 1943
Singer, Actor, Composer
Amanda LearAmanda Lear
18 November 1946
Painter, Singer, Actor, Model, Composer

Alexandre DesplatAlexandre Desplat
23 August 1961
Composer, Music educator, Film score composer
Bob SinclarBob Sinclar
10 May 1969
Club DJ, Disc jockey, Composer, Record producer

Chevalier de Saint-GeorgesChevalier de Saint-Georges
25 December 1745
Composer, Conductor, Fencer, Concertmaster,

Maurice JarreMaurice Jarre
13 September 1924
Composer, Conductor, Film score composer
Peter AbelardPeter Abelard
1079 AD
Philosopher

Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach
20 June 1819
Composer, Cellist, Conductor, Impresario
Richard ClaydermanRichard Clayderman
28 December 1953
Pianist, Composer, Musician

KavinskyKavinsky
31 July 1975
Actor, Disc jockey

Pierre BoulezPierre Boulez
26 March 1925
Conductor, Composer, Musicologist, Music theorist,
Jean-Luc PontyJean-Luc Ponty
29 September 1942
Composer, Jazz musician

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Michel LegrandMichel Legrand
24 February 1932
Conductor, Composer, Actor, Singer, Pianist, Music
Jules MassenetJules Massenet
12 May 1842
Composer, Musicologist, Music educator, University

Claude FrançoisClaude François
01 February 1939
Singer, Music executive, Composer, Songwriter

Iannis XenakisIannis Xenakis
29 May 1922
French-Greek composer

Matthieu ChedidMatthieu Chedid
21 December 1971
Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter
Stéphane GrappelliStéphane Grappelli
26 January 1908
Street artist, Composer, Jazz musician, Pianist
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film

Jean-Jacques GoldmanJean-Jacques Goldman
11 October 1951
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Pianist, Singer,

Boris VianBoris Vian
10 March 1920
Polymath, Singer, Poet, Trumpeter, Lyricist,

George EnescuGeorge Enescu
19 August 1881
Romanian composer
Michel PetruccianiMichel Petrucciani
28 December 1962
Pianist, Jazz musician, Composer

Martin SolveigMartin Solveig
22 September 1976
Disc jockey, Singer, Composer

Ferdinand Walsin EsterhazyFerdinand Walsin Esterhazy
16 December 1847
Military personnel, Spy, Composer

Charles TrenetCharles Trenet
18 May 1913
Composer, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter

BreakbotBreakbot
05 October 1981
Disc jockey, Record producer, Composer
Paul MauriatPaul Mauriat
04 March 1925
Conductor, Composer, Songwriter

Darius MilhaudDarius Milhaud
04 September 1892
Classical composer, Conductor, Autobiographer,
Sébastien IzambardSébastien Izambard
07 March 1973
Singer, Pianist, Record producer, Composer

Léo DelibesLéo Delibes
21 February 1836
Composer, Musicologist, University teacher

François CouperinFrançois Couperin
10 November 1668
Composer, Organist, Musician, Viol player,
Charles-Valentin AlkanCharles-Valentin Alkan
30 November 1813
Composer, Pianist, Linguist, Translator, Music

Lili BoulangerLili Boulanger
21 August 1893
Composer
Francis LaiFrancis Lai
26 April 1932
Composer, Pianist, Film score composer

Jean-Jacques PerreyJean-Jacques Perrey
20 January 1929
Composer

Marc-Antoine CharpentierMarc-Antoine Charpentier
1643 AD
composer, choreographer

Pierre SchaefferPierre Schaeffer
14 August 1910
Composer, Radio personality, Engineer,

Adolphe AdamAdolphe Adam
24 July 1803
Composer
Melvil PoupaudMelvil Poupaud
26 January 1973
Actor, Film director, Screenwriter, Composer,

Michel BergerMichel Berger
28 November 1947
Singer-songwriter, Music executive, Composer,

Arthur HoneggerArthur Honegger
10 March 1892
Composer, Musicologist, Music educator, Film score

Éric SerraÉric Serra
09 September 1959
Composer, Film score composer
Lorin MaazelLorin Maazel
06 March 1930
Conductor

Ibrahim MaaloufIbrahim Maalouf
05 December 1980
Trumpeter, Pianist, Jazz musician, Composer, Film
Marin MaraisMarin Marais
31 May 1656
Composer, Viol player

PérotinPérotin
1160 AD
Composer

Luigi CherubiniLuigi Cherubini
14 September 1760
Composer, Conductor, Musicologist, Music educator,
Reynaldo HahnReynaldo Hahn
09 August 1874
Conductor, Composer, Choreographer, Music critic,

Georges DelerueGeorges Delerue
12 March 1925
Composer, Film score composer
Charles-Marie WidorCharles-Marie Widor
21 February 1844
Composer, Organist, Music arranger, Music

Cécile ChaminadeCécile Chaminade
08 August 1857
Pianist, Composer, Musician

Emmanuel ChabrierEmmanuel Chabrier
18 January 1841
Composer, Pianist
Pierre de RonsardPierre de Ronsard
11 September 1524
Poet, Writer

Pauline ViardotPauline Viardot
18 July 1821
Soprano
François-André Danican PhilidorFrançois-André Danican Philidor
07 September 1726
Composer

Henri DutilleuxHenri Dutilleux
22 January 1916
Composer, Musicologist, Film score composer

Ambroise ThomasAmbroise Thomas
05 August 1811
Composer

Henri SalvadorHenri Salvador
18 July 1917
Singer, Comedian, Composer, Guitarist, Television
Louis VierneLouis Vierne
08 October 1870
Composer, Organist, University teacher
Daniel AuberDaniel Auber
29 January 1782
Composer

Jacques IbertJacques Ibert
15 August 1890
Conductor, Composer, Musician, Musicologist, Film

Ernest ChaussonErnest Chausson
20 January 1855
Conductor, Composer, Pianist

Édouard LaloÉdouard Lalo
27 January 1823
Composer
Pierre HenryPierre Henry
09 December 1927
Composer, Sound artist, Film score composer

Ignaz PleyelIgnaz Pleyel
18 June 1757
Composer

Étienne MéhulÉtienne Méhul
22 June 1763
Composer

Fromental HalévyFromental Halévy
27 May 1799
Composer

Maria MalibranMaria Malibran
24 March 1808
Singer
Georges FranjuGeorges Franju
12 April 1912
Filmmaker

Marcel DupréMarcel Dupré
03 May 1886
Musician
Georges AuricGeorges Auric
15 February 1899
Composer

Rodolphe KreutzerRodolphe Kreutzer
16 November 1766
Violinist
Walter GiesekingWalter Gieseking
05 November 1895
Pianist
Albert RousselAlbert Roussel
05 April 1869
Composer