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
Vanessa ParadisVanessa Paradis
22 December 1972
Singer & Actress

David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
07 October 1955

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress
Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt
23 January 1910

Erik SatieErik Satie
17 May 1866

Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg
02 April 1928
Jean-Michel JarreJean-Michel Jarre
24 August 1948

Maurice RavelMaurice Ravel
07 March 1875
Albert SchweitzerAlbert Schweitzer
14 January 1875
Philosopher, Theologian

Camille Saint-SaensCamille Saint-Saëns
09 October 1835
Composer, Organist, Pianist

Louis-Hector BerliozHector Berlioz
11 December 1803
Music Composer

Romain GaryRomain Gary
21 May 1914

Georges BizetGeorges Bizet
25 October 1838
Thomas MarsThomas Mars
15 April 1976

Gabriel FauréGabriel Fauré
12 May 1845
French Composer & Pianist

Olivier MessiaenOlivier Messiaen
10 December 1908
Composer, organist

Rick DufayRick Dufay
02 February 1952
Musician, Songwriter
Jean-Baptiste LullyJean-Baptiste Lully
28 November 1632

Jean-Philippe RameauJean-Philippe Rameau
25 September 1683
Music composer and theorist
Francis PoulencFrancis Poulenc
07 January 1899

Josquin des PrezJosquin des Prez
1450 AD

Charles GounodCharles Gounod
17 June 1818
Nadia BoulangerNadia Boulanger
16 September 1887

Gian Carlo MenottiGian Carlo Menotti
07 July 1911
Composer and librettist
Bilal HassaniBilal Hassani
09 September 1999

Edith PiafEdith Piaf
19 December 1915
Singer, Songwriter, Actress

Paul DukasPaul Dukas
01 October 1865
Germaine TailleferreGermaine Tailleferre
19 April 1892

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Guillaume DufayGuillaume Dufay
05 August 1397
Music Composer
Jacques ArcadeltJacques Arcadelt
1507 AD

Cesar FranckCesar Franck
10 December 1822
Composer, pianist, organist and music teacher

Kayden BocheKayden Boche
03 June 1985
Claudin De SermisyClaudin De Sermisy
1490 AD
French composer
Christine and the QueensChristine and the Queens
01 June 1988

Guy-Manuel de Homem-ChristoGuy-Manuel de Homem-Christo
08 February 1974
Musician, Composer, Screenwriter

17 January 1933
Actor, Film actor, Singer, Musician, Model

Thomas BangalterThomas Bangalter
03 January 1975
Disc jockey, Singer, Guitarist, Director,
M. PokoraM. Pokora
26 September 1985
Composer, Singer

Manu ChaoManu Chao
21 June 1961
Singer-songwriter, Singer, Record producer,

Françoise HardyFrançoise Hardy
17 January 1944
actor, singer-songwriter, musician, astrologer

Jeanne MoreauJeanne Moreau
23 January 1928
Film actor, Film director, Singer, Screenwriter,

Fab MorvanFab Morvan
14 May 1966
Model, Singer, Dancer, Songwriter
Johnny HallydayJohnny Hallyday
15 June 1943
Singer, Actor, Composer

Khatia BuniatishviliKhatia Buniatishvili
21 June 1987
Amanda LearAmanda Lear
18 November 1946
Painter, Singer, Actor, Model, Composer

Alexandre DesplatAlexandre Desplat
23 August 1961
Composer, Music educator, Film score composer

France GallFrance Gall
09 October 1947
Emir KusturicaEmir Kusturica
24 November 1954
Actor, Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter,

Bob SinclarBob Sinclar
10 May 1969
Club DJ, Disc jockey, Composer, Record producer
Sara DallinSara Dallin
17 December 1961
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Peter AbelardPeter Abelard
1079 AD

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

Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach
20 June 1819
Composer, Cellist, Conductor, Impresario
30 May 1994
Disc jockey, Record producer, Songwriter

Richard ClaydermanRichard Clayderman
28 December 1953
Pianist, Composer, Musician

Henrik, Prince Consort of DenmarkHenrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
11 June 1934
Poet, Writer, Visual artist, Pianist

Yann TiersenYann Tiersen
23 June 1970
French musician
Mylène FarmerMylène Farmer
12 September 1961
Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor,

Cathy GuettaCathy Guetta
27 March 1967
29 April 1974
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Lou DoillonLou Doillon
04 September 1982
Actor, Model, Singer

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
Michel LegrandMichel Legrand
24 February 1932
Conductor, Composer, Actor, Singer, Pianist, Music

09 December 1976
Rapper, Singer

Jules MassenetJules Massenet
12 May 1842
Composer, Musicologist, Music educator, University
Claude FrançoisClaude François
01 February 1939
Singer, Music executive, Composer, Songwriter

Sylvie VartanSylvie Vartan
15 August 1944
Singer, Actor
Bertrand CantatBertrand Cantat
05 March 1964
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist, Singer-songwriter,

Iannis XenakisIannis Xenakis
29 May 1922
French-Greek composer

Matthieu ChedidMatthieu Chedid
21 December 1971
Guitarist, Composer, Singer, Songwriter

Caterina ValenteCaterina Valente
14 January 1931
Actor, Singer, Guitarist
Stéphane GrappelliStéphane Grappelli
26 January 1908
Street artist, Composer, Jazz musician, Pianist
Victoria LegrandVictoria Legrand
28 May 1981

Benjamin BiolayBenjamin Biolay
20 January 1973
Actor, Singer-songwriter

Marc LavoineMarc Lavoine
06 August 1962
Actor, Singer

Elsa LunghiniElsa Lunghini
20 May 1973
Actor, Singer, Songwriter
Tristan TzaraTristan Tzara
16 April 1896
Art collector, Poet, Writer, Diplomat, Film

Willy WilliamWilly William
14 April 1981

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

Georges BrassensGeorges Brassens
22 October 1921
Charles TrenetCharles Trenet
18 May 1913
Composer, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter
MC SolaarMC Solaar
05 March 1969
Rapper, Singer