Violonist, composer and arranger Pierre Blanchard was born in 1956 at St-Quentin, France.
After years of hard conservatory training he quickly entered the jazz world and studied composition and arrangement.
During the five years he spent in Martial Solal's Big Band (1981-1986) he met Stéphane Grappelli whose Michel Warlop violin he was offered in 1984 and with whom he played at various concerts at Théâtre du Châtelet, Juan les Pins, Festival de la Villette among others.
1987-2002: Concerts and recording sessions in France and abroad (Poland, Japan, Koweit, Korea, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Yougoslavia, Netherlands...) as soloist and with musicians such as Vince Mendoza, Toots Thielemans, Pierre Michelot, Lee Konitz, Jacky Mc Lean, Max Roach, René Urtreger, Billy Higgins, Ornette Coleman, Michel Legrand, Raphaël Faÿs, Gotan Project... Bandleader of Gulf String and Arcollectiv'.
Produced several albums dedicated to the string orchestra, including one with Lee Konitz awarded by Le Monde de la Musique in 1988.
2005: Tribute album to S. Grappelli Rendez-vous (Harmonia Mundi) along with manouche friends Dorado and Samson Schmitt.
2007: Wrote a violin method in two volumes Le Jazz au Violon (ed Henri Lemoine).
2007-2014: Recording sessions and tours with Thomas Dutronc.
Since 2009: US tours with the Django Festival Allstars (DFA) featuring Dorado, Samson, Amati Schmitt, Ludovic Beier, Doudou Cuillerier, Francko Mehrstein, Xavier Nicky et Antonio Licusati in Washington, San Francisco, New York, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Seattle, Phoenix, Oakland, Miami...
2013: Live at Birdland album with DFA
2016-2017: Tours with Thomas Dutronc and Les Esprits Manouches with Rocky Gresset (g), Jérôme Ciosi (g) and David Chiron (db).
New DFA album.