Born in Verviers, Belgium, Jean-François Maljean grew up next to his piano. He started playing very early on and showed a remarkable talent from the beginning. Many people say that he's gifted with a style both indefinable and incomparable, a quality which made him stand out, but at the same time allowing him a career where he's recognizable.
After finishing his musical studies in Verviers, Liège and Brussels, Jean-François explored new horizons. It was at Berklee Music College in Boston (USA), that the artist reinforced his talent and his passion for jazz. His journey to the new continent sprinkled his music with a touch even more stylized, which revealed his true artistic personality.
Upon his return from the USA, Jean-Francois formed the group Smoky Mokes (ragtime) with Jacques Stotzem, amongst others, on the guitar. Later on he joined Pierre Rapsat's group Transfert, which he had already accompanied before his journey to the USA. In total, this would be 10 intensive years of collaboration.
He founded the band "Maljean-Willems" in 1982 with the drummer Christian Willems. His singing career has its debut with this band in 1984. The band toured a lot and recorded many vinyls and one CD with succes during one decade. Maljean-Willems won the " Prix Québec-Wallonie-Bruxelles" (currently " Prix Rapsat-Lelièvre") in 1990.
Maljean switched his interest and style back to the acoustic piano in 1996, when he released his first piano solo album "Vue sur Mer". The album was received by the audience and critic with enthusiasm and called "New Age".
In 1999, Adasong, Maljean's publisher managed to release his second piano solo album called "Légendes" in Taïwan. And it was the very beginning of his amazing carreer in Asia. Since then, 15 albums have been released worldwide with particularly huge success in Asia. Maljean also started to tour from 2002 in all Asia : China, Japan, Indonesia, India, Vietnam, Singapore,… He is better known under the name of "Shang Malong" in China where he performs a lot.
In 2010, he started a collaboration with Shang Wen Jie, one of the most popular female pop star in China. They wrote together the anthem of the Belgian Pavilion for Shanghai 2010 exhibition. The song called "Our Song" was quickly number one in China.
Maljean also realised with Silvano Macaluso, with whom he works a lot, one CD with "Smurf" songs in Chinese for China, where the Smurfs are very popular.
In 2011, he released an album under the name of "Dong Fusion". It's a coproduction between China and Europe and mixes the beautiful voices of the Dong minority's singers from Guizhou Province in China with Maljean's music. This year, he became Steinway Artist.
Besides his "artist's" career, Maljean has composed a lot of theme tunes for TV and radio, soundtracks and worked as an artistic director on musical TV programs.
In 2012 his 16th album, called "Apormidjusofir", has just been released. It speaks about his belgian hometown Verviers. In this latest album, you will appreciate the collaboration of a bunch of musicians. Maljean has started to give concerts with this project.
2013 and 2014 are opening with projects of tours in China and South America.
In 2015, he released a CD (with the scores) called « Douze pièces de piano pour Laure ». He plays in this CD teen beautiful songs of Shang Wen Jie and two original compositions. The CD was very successful in China and released with the piano scores.
In 2016, concerts in China and recordings for « Spirio » Steinway in New York City. Launching of Spirio Steinway in Nanjing (China)
In 2017, new CD (with scores ) « Entre Rêves et Illusions » where he plays piano solo some songs of Pierre Rapsat.
2018, Maljean participates to the prestigious CCTV New Year’s Gala.
He gave a lot of concerts and recorded a new bunch of pieces and videos for SPIRIO STEINWAY in NYC.
2019, The brand new CD called « DUO » recorded ...in duo with the famous sax player Robert Jeanne was released beginning of April.
The duo starts to tour on stage now. Concerts in China.
2020, Jean-François Maljean is working on new project and album