August 28, 2015, Sofia
Fans of famed French pianist Richard Clayderman from Germany and Spain will be visiting Sofia in December to listen to his concert. Clayderman is to perform in Bulgaria twice – December 7 in Sofia (National Palace of Culture, Hall One) and December 5 in Varna (Palace of Culture and Sports). For both concerts, the soloist is to partner up with the Classic FM Radio Orchestra. The first people to purchase tickets for the Sofia concert are long-time Clayderman fans from Germany and Spain, who follow their idol all over the globe to hear him perform. “I do everything to be able to hear Richard perform!” says a German lady, who always gives her favourite pianist a bar of chocolate as a gift after his performances.
It is easy to understand why audiences world-wide (especially female) have been worshipping Richard Clayderman for over three decades. According to the Guiness Book of Records, Clayderman is the “most successful pianist in the world.” He possesses genuine charm and at the age of 61 has retained his elegant appearance. He communicates freely with everybody and enchants his listeners with his French accent – not to mention he is a brilliant pianist, too.
Richard Clayderman is the son of a piano teacher, who started tutoring his son at an early age. At 12, Clayderman was admitted to the Paris Conservatory, and at 16 won his first First prize as soloist. He could have easily pursued a career as a professional soloist, but instead he opted to create a rock band at the age of 17. Later on, Clayderman worked as a studio musician and collaborated with such stars as Johnny Hallyday and Michel Sardou. His professional life took a dramatic turn in 1976, when he recorded his Ballade pour Adeline. When in 1984 he appeared as a guest on David Letterman’s Late Night Show, Letterman decided to find out exactly how famous his guest world-wide was, and called a random home phone number in Norway. As it turned out, the family who responded not only knew Clayderman, but owned several of his albums. Clayderman’s repertoire is quite extensive and is ever-expanding and changing, unlike his style, which remains a trademark of his. “I would describe it as a mix between classical and popular music. Most pieces I perform are very romantic, simply because I love beautiful melodies. Through the piano I express my emotions,” remarks the pianist.
Tickets for Clayderman’s concert in Sofia, which is organized by Cantus Firmus music company, range between 30 and 70 Bulgarian leva (BGN). You can purchase tickets online at, at the National Palace of Culture box-office, and starting September 1 – also at the Cantus Firmus box-office at Bulgaria Hall. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9:30AM to 1:30PM and 3PM to 7PM.