A pioneer of electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre is a composer, performer, author, and producer. After studying with Pierre Schaefer, the creator of concrete music, and the Groupe de Recherches Musicales in Paris, he released his first album, Oxygène, in 1976. It was immediately a global phenomenon, selling 18 million copies, which was completely unheard of for a French artist at the time. Since then, he has released twenty studio albums and sold over 85 million copies around the world, including more recently Electronica which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2017. He has also organized huge concerts in several famous sites around the world that hold records for the largest audiences: 1 million in the Place de la Concorde in Paris (1979), 1.3 million in Houston, Texas (1986), 2.5 million in Paris-La Défense (1990), 3.5 million in Moscow (1997), the Pyramids of Giza (2000), and the Dead Sea (2016). An unreserved defender of the environment, he is also a UNESCO ambassador for education, science, and culture.