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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.

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Alexandre Tansman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 89 (1897-1986)
Alexandre Tansman was a Polish-born French composer and virtuoso pianist. He spent his early years in his native Poland, but lived in France for most of his life. His music is primarily ...more
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Alfred Cortot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 85 (1877-1962)
Alfred Denis Cortot was a Franco-Swiss pianist and conductor. He is one of the most renowned 20th-century classical musicians, especially valued for his poetic insight in Romantic period piano ...more
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André Fleury is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 92 (1903-1995)
André Edouard Antoine Marie Fleury was a French composer, pianist, organist, and pedagogue.
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Andrée Vaurabourg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 86 (1894-1980)
Andrée Vaurabourg was a French pianist and teacher. She was the wife of Swiss-French composer Arthur Honegger, whom she met at the Paris Conservatoire in 1916. Honegger married her in ...more
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Arthur H is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Pianists from France
age 52
Arthur H. is an actor and composer.
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Camille Saint-Saëns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 86 (1835-1921)
Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, organist, conductor and pianist of the Romantic era. His best-known works include Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso, the Second Piano ...more
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Charles-Valentin Alkan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 75 (1813-1888)
Charles-Valentin Alkan was a French composer and pianist. At the height of his fame in the 1830s and 1840s he was, alongside his friends and colleagues Frédéric Chopin and Franz ...more
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Claude Debussy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 56 (1862-1918)
Claude-Achille Debussy was a French composer. Along with Maurice Ravel, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionist music, though he himself disliked the term when ...more
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Colbie Caillat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Pianists from France
age 33
Colbie Marie Caillat is an American pop singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Malibu, California. She debuted in 2007 with Coco, which included hit singles "Bubbly" and ...more
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E. Robert Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 60 (1889-1949)
Elie Robert Schmitz was a Franco-American pianist and composer. Schmitz studied with Louis-Joseph Diémer at the Conservatoire de Paris where he won First Prize in Piano. He caught the ...more
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Édouard Risler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 56 (1873-1929)
Joseph-Édouard Risler was a French pianist.
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Erik Satie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 59 (1866-1925)
Éric Alfred Leslie Satie – he signed his name Erik Satie after 1884 – was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His ...more
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Fania Fénelon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 61 (1922-1983)
Fania Fénelon was a French pianist, composer and cabaret singer.
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Francis Poulenc is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 64 (1899-1963)
Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc was a French composer and pianist. His compositions include mélodies, solo piano works, chamber music, choral pieces, operas, ballets, and orchestral concert ...more
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Francis Rimbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Pianists from France
age 66
Francis Rimbert is a French musician and composer.
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François Couturier is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Pianists from France
age 69
François Couturier is a film score composer and pianist.
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Frédéric Chopin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 39 (1810-1849)
Fryderyk Chopin is a film score composer.
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Gabriel Fauré is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 79 (1845-1924)
Gabriel Urbain Fauré was a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher. He was one of the foremost French composers of his generation, and his musical style influenced many ...more
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Georges Bizet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 37 (1838-1875)
Georges Bizet, registered at birth as Alexandre César Léopold Bizet, was a French composer of the romantic era. Best known for his operas, Bizet achieved few successes before his ...more
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Gérard Jouannest is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Gérard Jouannest age 85
Gérard Jouannest is a pianist.
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Gilbert Montagné is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Pianists from France
age 67
Gilbert Montagné is a French musician from the Ménilmontant neighborhood in Paris and Bourbonnais, a pianist, organist, and a singer. He is a decorated Knight of the Order of Arts ...more
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Hélène Grimaud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Pianists from France
age 49
Hélène Grimaud is a French classical pianist.
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Henri Bertini is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Henri Bertini Dec. at 78 (1798-1876)
Henri Jérôme Bertini was a French classical composer and pianist. He was born into a family of musicians and attracted the attention of François-Joseph Fétis when he ...more
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Jacqueline Casadesus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Jacqueline Casadesus Dec. at 73 (1903-1976)
Jacqueline Casadesus was a singer, pianist and actress.
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Jean Françaix is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Pianists from France
Dec. at 85 (1912-1997)
Jean René Désiré Françaix was a French neoclassical composer, pianist, and orchestrator, known for his prolific output and vibrant style.