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

Kathie Lee GiffordKathie Lee Gifford
16 August 1953
TV Host, Actress

David GuettaDavid Guetta
07 November 1967
Disc Jockey

Claude DebussyClaude Debussy
22 August 1862

Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg
02 April 1928
Django ReinhardtDjango Reinhardt
23 January 1910

Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma
07 October 1955

Jean-Michel JarreJean-Michel Jarre
24 August 1948
Erik SatieErik Satie
17 May 1866

Bilal HassaniBilal Hassani
09 September 1999
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

Romain GaryRomain Gary
21 May 1914

Louis-Hector BerliozHector Berlioz
11 December 1803
Music Composer
Thomas MarsThomas Mars
15 April 1976

Georges BizetGeorges Bizet
25 October 1838

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
Francis PoulencFrancis Poulenc
07 January 1899

Jean-Philippe RameauJean-Philippe Rameau
25 September 1683
Music composer and theorist

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

Josquin des PrezJosquin des Prez
1450 AD
Gian Carlo MenottiGian Carlo Menotti
07 July 1911
Composer and librettist

Paul DukasPaul Dukas
01 October 1865

Edith PiafEdith Piaf
19 December 1915
Singer, Songwriter, Actress
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

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

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

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

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

Fab MorvanFab Morvan
14 May 1966
Model, Singer, Dancer, Songwriter

Françoise HardyFrançoise Hardy
17 January 1944
actor, singer-songwriter, musician, astrologer
M. PokoraM. Pokora
26 September 1985
Composer, Singer

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

Sara DallinSara Dallin
17 December 1961
Singer-songwriter, Singer
Alexandre DesplatAlexandre Desplat
23 August 1961
Composer, Music educator, Film score composer

Emir KusturicaEmir Kusturica
24 November 1954
Actor, Film producer, Film director, Screenwriter,
Lou DoillonLou Doillon
04 September 1982
Actor, Model, Singer

Maurice JarreMaurice Jarre
13 September 1924
Composer, Conductor, Film score composer

France GallFrance Gall
09 October 1947

29 April 1974
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Peter AbelardPeter Abelard
1079 AD
Jacques OffenbachJacques Offenbach
20 June 1819
Composer, Cellist, Conductor, Impresario

Mylène FarmerMylène Farmer
12 September 1961
Singer-songwriter, Writer, Singer, Actor,

Richard ClaydermanRichard Clayderman
28 December 1953
Pianist, Composer, Musician

Yann TiersenYann Tiersen
23 June 1970
French musician
Bertrand CantatBertrand Cantat
05 March 1964
Singer, Guitarist, Lyricist, Singer-songwriter,

Caterina ValenteCaterina Valente
14 January 1931
30 May 1994
Disc jockey, Record producer, Songwriter

31 July 1975
Actor, Disc jockey

Michel LegrandMichel Legrand
24 February 1932
Conductor, Composer, Actor, Singer, Pianist, Music
Henrik, Prince Consort of DenmarkHenrik, Prince Consort of Denmark
11 June 1934
Poet, Writer, Visual artist, Pianist

Jean-Luc PontyJean-Luc Ponty
29 September 1942
Composer, Jazz musician
Claude FrançoisClaude François
01 February 1939
Singer, Music executive, Composer, Songwriter

Sylvie VartanSylvie Vartan
15 August 1944
Singer, Actor

Pierre BoulezPierre Boulez
26 March 1925
Conductor, Composer, Musicologist, Music theorist,
Cathy GuettaCathy Guetta
27 March 1967

Bob SinclarBob Sinclar
10 May 1969
Club DJ, Disc jockey, Composer, Record producer
09 December 1976
Rapper, Singer

Benjamin BiolayBenjamin Biolay
20 January 1973
Actor, Singer-songwriter

Elsa LunghiniElsa Lunghini
20 May 1973
Actor, Singer, Songwriter

Alfred CortotAlfred Cortot
26 September 1877
Walter GiesekingWalter Gieseking
05 November 1895
Victoria LegrandVictoria Legrand
28 May 1981

Iannis XenakisIannis Xenakis
29 May 1922
French-Greek composer

Jules MassenetJules Massenet
12 May 1842
Composer, Musicologist, Music educator, University

Stéphane GrappelliStéphane Grappelli
26 January 1908
Street artist, Composer, Jazz musician, Pianist
Willy WilliamWilly William
14 April 1981

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

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

Hélène GrimaudHélène Grimaud
07 November 1969
Pianist, Author, Musician

Paul MauriatPaul Mauriat
04 March 1925
Conductor, Composer, Songwriter
George EnescuGeorge Enescu
19 August 1881
Romanian composer

Boris VianBoris Vian
10 March 1920
Polymath, Singer, Poet, Trumpeter, Lyricist,
24 May 1952
musician, singer, record producer, composer

Sébastien TellierSébastien Tellier
22 February 1975
club DJ, singer, composer, songwriter
Ferdinand Walsin EsterhazyFerdinand Walsin Esterhazy
16 December 1847
Military personnel, Spy, Composer
Martin SolveigMartin Solveig
22 September 1976
Disc jockey, Singer, Composer