For over 20 years Michel-Yves Kochmann has been accompanying the biggest French stars on stage and in the studio.
Who is MYK?
"French chanson is a genre of music and poetry, but of course, it is neither poetry nor music. For my part, I do genre, whereas Michel-Yves is a musician; he doesn't do genre.
In his youth he was with Isaac Albeniz and Villalobos, and later, the likes of Keith Richards and Ry Cooder. He is one of France's top guitarists, and the fact that he adds wings to my modest creations moves me more deeply than any awards or gold albums."
Michel-Yves Kochmann studied at the Conservatoire National de Région de Tours. He received the gold medal for guitar playing in 1983.
He has worked with: Alain Souchon (the only musician that he has kept with him since 1986 - Michel-Yves Kochmann is considered by his fans to be a legendary guitarist - and this mainly down to his guitar work on Foule sentimentale, L'amour à la machine, C'est déjà ça, Sous les jupes des filles, etc.), Laurent Voulzy, Elsa, Michel Fugain, Renaud, Julien Clerc, Zazie, Alizée, Stevie Wonder, Nolwenn Leroy, Jane Birkin, Les Enfoirés, Luciano Pavarotti, Klaus Badelt (several film scores), Gabriel Yared (several scores), Emma Daumas, Sol en Si (on tour with Francis Cabrel, Zazie, Alain Souchon, Michel Jonasz, Maurane, Catherine Lara), Johnny Halliday, Maurane, Christophe La Pinta, and the list goes on.
He has also played on numerous live TV shows, such as Tapis Rouge, Taratata, La Nouvelle Star and The Voice.
As well as being a studio and live musician, he has set up his own recording studio, where he either produces artists or offers his services to others (generally for film scores).
Latest tour: Nolwenn Leroy
Most significant recent recording: La Guerre des Boutons, music by Klaus Badelt, and music by Michel-Yves Kochmann.