François Rauber

Born: January 19th, 1933, Neufchâteau (France)
Died: December 14th, 2003, Paris (France)
Nationality: French

François Rauber studied the piano at the Nancy Conservatory. From 1951 onwards, he worked as an accompanist in Parisian cabarets, meeting up with artists such as Serge Gainsbourg and Boris Vian. He accompanied Jacques Brel from 1956 until Brel’s passing away in 1978; from 1958 onwards, he also wrote the arrangements to almost all of his songs. Rauber was much in demand as a studio arranger and worked with many singers, including Juliette Gréco, Simone Langlois, Charles Aznavour, Barbara, and Georges Moustaki. Moreover, he composed soundtracks (e.g. ‘Vacances en enfer’, 1961; ‘L’emmerdeur’, 1973), music to TV series (e.g. ‘Grand-père viking’, 1976), music for wind band, and some classical works, most prominently ‘Souvenir for piano and orchestra’ (1992).

François Rauber was the musical director of the 1983 and 1984 French Eurovision heats and accompanied the respective winners (Guy Bonnet with ‘Vivre’ and Annick Thoumazeau with ‘Autant d’amoureux que d’étoiles’) to the international festivals held in Munich and Luxembourg, conducting the orchestra for them; on both occasions, France finished eight. Rauber had been involved in the Eurovision Song Contest before, arranging the 1962 Luxembourg entry ‘Petit bonhomme’ for Camillo Felgen.

In due course, a more extensive biography of François Rauber will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1983: Vivre
1984: Autant d'amoureux que d'étoiles

Musical director
1978: Paris