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Famous Pianists from France

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List of notable or famous pianists from France, with bios and photos, including the top pianists born in France and even some popular pianists who immigrated to France. If you're trying to find out the names of famous French pianists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These pianists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known pianist from France is included when available.

List of French piano players range from Francis Poulenc to Frédéric Chopin.

This historic pianists from France list can help answer the questions "Who are some French pianists of note?" and "Who are the most famous pianists from France?" These prominent pianists of France may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected French pianists.

Use this list of renowned French pianists to discover some new pianists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. 
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    Alexandre Tansman

    Dec. at 89 (1897-1986)

    BirthplaceŁódź, Poland

    Alexandre Tansman (Polish: Aleksander Tansman; 12 June 1897 – 15 November 1986) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of Jewish origin. He spent his early years in his native Poland, but lived...  more
  • 2

    Alfred Cortot

    Dec. at 84 (1877-1962)

    BirthplaceNyon, Switzerland

    Alfred Denis Cortot (26 September 1877 – 15 June 1962) was a Franco-Swiss pianist, conductor, and teacher who was one of the most renowned classical musicians of the 20th century. He was especially...  more
  • 3

    André Fleury

    Dec. at 92 (1903-1995)

    BirthplaceNeuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France

    André Edouard Antoine Marie Fleury (25 July 1903 – 6 August 1995) was a French composer, pianist, organist, and pedagogue....  more
  • 4

    Andrée Vaurabourg

    Dec. at 85 (1894-1980)

    BirthplaceToulouse, France

    Andrée Vaurabourg (8 September 1894 in Toulouse − 18 July 1980 in Paris), also known as Andrée Vaurabourg-Honegger, was a French pianist and teacher. She was the wife of Swiss-French composer Arthur...  more
  • 5

    Arthur H

    Age: 55

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Arthur Higelin (27 March 1966), better known under his stage name Arthur H [aʁtyʁ ɑːʃ], is a pianist, songwriter and singer. He is best known in France for his live performances—four of his albums...  more
  • 6

    Camille Saint-Saëns

    Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns (French: [ʃaʁl kamij sɛ̃ sɑ̃(s)]; 9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works...  more
  • 7

    Charles-Valentin Alkan

    Dec. at 74 (1813-1888)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Charles-Valentin Alkan (French: [ʃaʁl valɑ̃tɛ̃ alkɑ̃]; 30 November 1813 – 29 March 1888) was a French-Jewish composer and virtuoso pianist. At the height of his fame in the 1830s and 1840s he was,...  more
  • 8

    Claude Debussy

    Dec. at 55 (1862-1918)

    BirthplaceSaint-Germain-en-Laye, France

    (Achille) Claude Debussy (French: [aʃil klod dəbysi]; 22 August 1862 – 25 March 1918) was a French composer. He is sometimes seen as the first Impressionist composer, although he vigorously rejected...  more

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  • 9

    BirthplaceMalibu, California, USA

    Colbie Marie Caillat ( (listen); born May 28, 1985) is an American singer-songwriter. Caillat rose to fame through social networking website Myspace. At that time, she was the number one unsigned...  more
  • 10

    E. Robert Schmitz

    Dec. at 60 (1889-1949)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Elie Robert Schmitz (February 8, 1889 – September 5, 1949) was a Franco-American pianist and composer....  more
  • 11

    Édouard Risler

    Dec. at 56 (1873-1929)

    BirthplaceBaden-Baden, Germany

    Joseph-Édouard Risler (23 February 1873 – 22 July 1929) was a French pianist....  more
  • 12

    Erik Satie

    Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)

    BirthplaceHonfleur, France

    Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (French: [eʁik sati]; 17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925), who signed his name Erik Satie after 1884, was a French composer and pianist. Satie was an influential artist in the late...  more

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  • 13

    Fania Fénelon

    Dec. at 61 (1922-1983)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Fania Fénelon (2 September 1908 – 19 December 1983) was a French pianist, composer and cabaret singer, whose survival of the Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz and the Holocaust was made into a...  more
  • 14

    Francis Poulenc

    Dec. at 64 (1899-1963)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc (French: [fʁɑ̃sis ʒɑ̃ maʁsɛl pulɛ̃k]; 7 January 1899 – 30 January 1963) was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber...  more
  • 15

    BirthplaceVal-d'Oise, France

    Francis Rimbert (born 3 October 1952 in Val d'Oise, France) is a French musician and composer....  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceFleury-les-Aubrais, France

    François Couturier is a film score composer and pianist....  more
  • 17

    Frédéric Chopin

    Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)

    BirthplaceŻelazowa Wola, Poland

    Frédéric François Chopin (, also UK: , US: , French: [ʃɔpɛ̃], Polish: [ˈʂɔpɛn]; 1 March 1810 – 17 October 1849) was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for...  more

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  • 18

    Gabriel Fauré

    Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)

    BirthplacePamiers, France

    Gabriel Urbain Fauré (French: [ɡabʁiɛl yʁbɛ̃ fɔʁe]; 12 May 1845 – 4 November 1924) was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation,...  more
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    Georges Bizet

    Dec. at 36 (1838-1875)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Georges Bizet (UK: BEE-zay, US: bee-ZAY, French: [ʒɔʁʒ bizɛ]; 25 October 1838 – 3 June 1875), registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the Romantic era. Best...  more

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    Gérard Jouannest

    Age: 88

    BirthplaceVanves, France

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  • 21

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Gilbert Montagné (French pronunciation: ​[ʒilbɛʁ mɔ̃taɲe]; born 28 December 1951 in Paris) is a French musician from the Ménilmontant neighborhood in Paris and Bourbonnais, a pianist, organist, and a...  more
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    BirthplaceAix-en-Provence, France

    Hélène Grimaud (born 7 November 1969) is a French classical pianist and the founder of the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, New York....  more
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    Henri Bertini

    Dec. at 77 (1798-1876)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Henri Jérôme Bertini (28 October 1798 – 30 September 1876) was a French classical composer and pianist. He was born into a family of musicians and attracted the attention of François-Joseph Fétis...  more
  • 24

    Jacqueline Casadesus

    Dec. at 73 (1903-1976)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Jacqueline Casadesus was a singer, pianist and actress....
  • 25

    Jean Françaix

    Dec. at 85 (1912-1997)

    BirthplaceLe Mans, France

    Jean René Désiré Françaix (French: [fʁɑ̃sɛ]; 23 May 1912 in Le Mans – 25 September 1997 in Paris) was a French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known for his prolific output and...  more