Time: 8 p.m., Dec. 19
Tickets: 280-1,380 yuan
Venue: Shenzhen Concert Hall, intersection of Hongli Road and Yitian Road, Futian District (福田区红荔路和益田路交汇处深圳音乐厅)
Metro: Longgang or Longhua Line, Children's Palace Station (少年宫站), Exit C or D
French pianist Richard Clayderman will present a concert Dec. 19 at the Shenzhen Concert Hall.
Clayderman has released numerous albums, including the compositions of Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint, instrumental renditions of popular music, rearrangements of movie soundtracks, ethnic music, and easy-listening arrangements of popular works of classical music.
In 1976, he was invited by Toussaint, a French record producer, and his partner De Senneville, to record a gentle piano ballad. De Senneville had composed the ballad as a tribute to his baby daughter Adeline. The 23-year-old Clayderman auditioned along with 20 other pianists and got the job. "He was an interesting musician with a light touch and good technique," said Toussaint.
Clayderman has recorded over 1,300 melodies and has created a new romantic style through a repertoire that combines his trademark originals with classics and pop standards. He has devoted much of his time to giving concerts, going as far as playing 200 shows in 250 days. He had clocked up worldwide record sales of approximately US$70 million as of 2006 and has 267 gold and 70 platinum discs to his name. He is popular in Asia and is noted by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the most successful pianist in the world."