Born on May 23 1939, Michel Colombier began his formal musical education at the
age of six. His father taught him piano, harmony, counterpoint and conducting. By eleven he
started to improvise and at fourteen he discovered jazz and performed with small combos and big
bands for which he wrote daring jazz arrangements. In the meantime, his father continued his
education by adding the study of church organ and Gregorian chant. During his stint in the French
Army he continued composing, arranging and playing the widest range of music from chamber
orchestra to jazz band.