Music is not just a form of art but the ultimate food for the soul. It is also considered by many to be a great stress buster. It’s a popular belief that language is no barrier when it comes to music. While peppy tunes from the west have been welcomed by the eastern nations, folk music from continents such as Asia has managed to garner acclaim in the other parts of the world. France has produced many great musicians who have mesmerized their audience with their work. The compositions of these legendary French musicians vary from genres like classical, jazz, hip-hop, pop, to even comedy. Amongst the many great names of French music, some of the famous ones are Robert Ballard, Jean-Baptiste Arban, Arnold Dolmetsch, and Vincent Monteil. Even present day musicians such as Gaspard Michel Andre Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have made their country proud by receiving prestigious awards such as the ‘Grammy’. Many of their famous compositions draw inspiration from French culture. Get an insight into the lives of some of the most famous French musicians through this collection of biographies. Read on to explore more about their life stories, timelines and also learn a few interesting facts & trivia related to their lives.

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford

16 August 1953

Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis

22 December 1972

David GuettaDavid Guetta

07 November 1967

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy

22 August 1862

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma

07 October 1955

Camille Saint-SaensCamille Saint-Saëns

09 October 1835

Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg

02 April 1928

Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt

23 January 1910

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel

07 March 1875

Jean-Michel JarreJean-Michel Jarre

24 August 1948

Erik SatieErik Satie

17 May 1866

Albert SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer

14 January 1875

Louis-Hector BerliozHector Berlioz

11 December 1803

Georges BizetGeorges Bizet

25 October 1838

Gabriel FauréGabriel Fauré

12 May 1845

Olivier MessiaenOlivier Messiaen

10 December 1908

Rick DufayRick Dufay

02 February 1952

Jean-Baptiste LullyJean-Baptiste Lully

28 November 1632

Francis PoulencFrancis Poulenc

07 January 1899

Romain GaryRomain Gary

21 May 1914

Nadia BoulangerNadia Boulanger

16 September 1887

Jean-Philippe RameauJean-Philippe Rameau

25 September 1683

Charles GounodCharles Gounod

17 June 1818

Gian Carlo MenottiGian Carlo Menotti

07 July 1911

Edith PiafEdith Piaf

19 December 1915

Paul DukasPaul Dukas

01 October 1865

Guillaume DufayGuillaume Dufay

05 August 1397

Cesar FranckCesar Franck

10 December 1822

Charlotte GainsbourgCharlotte Gainsbourg

21 July 1971

DalidaDalida

17 January 1933

Guy-Manuel de Homem-ChristoGuy-Manuel de Homem-Christo

08 February 1974

Thomas BangalterThomas Bangalter

03 January 1975

Golshifteh FarahaniGolshifteh Farahani

10 July 1983

Johnny HallydayJohnny Hallyday

15 June 1943

Françoise HardyFrançoise Hardy

17 January 1944

Manu ChaoManu Chao

21 June 1961

Fab MorvanFab Morvan

14 May 1966

Jeanne MoreauJeanne Moreau

23 January 1928

Mylène FarmerMylène Farmer

12 September 1961

BoobaBooba

09 December 1976

AnggunAnggun

29 April 1974

M. PokoraM. Pokora

26 September 1985

Amanda LearAmanda Lear

18 November 1946

France GallFrance Gall

09 October 1947

Thomas MarsThomas Mars

15 April 1976

Emir KusturicaEmir Kusturica

24 November 1954

Richard ClaydermanRichard Clayderman

28 December 1953

Alexandre DesplatAlexandre Desplat

23 August 1961

Sara DallinSara Dallin

17 December 1961

KavinskyKavinsky

31 July 1975

Cathy GuettaCathy Guetta

27 March 1967

Maurice JarreMaurice Jarre

13 September 1924

Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach

20 June 1819

Jean-Auguste-Dominique IngresJean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres

29 August 1780

Pierre BoulezPierre Boulez

26 March 1925

Claude FrançoisClaude François

01 February 1939

Michel LegrandMichel Legrand

24 February 1932

Yann TiersenYann Tiersen

23 June 1970

Lou DoillonLou Doillon

04 September 1982

MadeonMadeon

30 May 1994

BreakbotBreakbot

05 October 1981

Bob SinclarBob Sinclar

10 May 1969

Sylvie VartanSylvie Vartan

15 August 1944

Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara

16 April 1896

Henrik, Prince Consort of DenmarkHenrik, Prince Consort of Denmark

11 June 1934

Jean-Luc PontyJean-Luc Ponty

29 September 1942

Bertrand CantatBertrand Cantat

05 March 1964

Jules MassenetJules Massenet

12 May 1842

Iannis XenakisIannis Xenakis

29 May 1922

Florent PagnyFlorent Pagny

06 November 1961

Martin SolveigMartin Solveig

22 September 1976

Georges BrassensGeorges Brassens

22 October 1921

Caterina ValenteCaterina Valente

14 January 1931

George EnescuGeorge Enescu

19 August 1881

Elsa LunghiniElsa Lunghini

20 May 1973