Gérard Salesses

Nationality: French

From the 1970s onwards, pianist Gérard Salesses worked as an arranger in French recording studios; the orchestration to Alain Barrière’s chart success ‘Tu t’en vas’ (1975) was penned by him. He was Richard Clayderman’s arranger for more than fifteen years, often in collaboration with Olivier Toussaint. Towards the end of the 1970s, he was involved in many disco productions by, amongst others, Terry Scott Jr., Hurricane Fifi, and Nadine. He composed more than 1200 songs himself and wrote the soundtrack of ‘L’enfant des neiges’ (1995). He was the musical director for Sylvie Vartan during live performances. The singer Dorothée recorded a song dedicated to him, ‘Le grand Gérard’ (1984).

Gérard Salesses wrote the orchestration to the song ‘Notre vie c’est la musique’, with which Laurent Vaguener represented Monaco in the 1979 Eurovision Song Contest in Jerusalem. The song was co-written by Paul de Senneville, whose compositions for Richard Clayderman were often scored by Salesses in those days. The song and the orchestration have a slight disco feel to it, exactly in line with the kind of music Salesses worked on in the late 1970s.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Gérard Salesses will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1979: Notre vie c'est la musique