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François Dumont

François Dumont is the winner of the most important international competitions: the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels, the Warsaw Chopin Competition, the Cleveland International Competition in the United States, the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland, the Hamamatsu Competition in Japan, the Top Competition of the World “in Norway as well as the Piano Masters of Monte-Carlo. François Dumont was also nominated for the Victoires de la Musique in the category “Instrumental Soloist” and received the “Prize of the Revelation” of the French Musical Criticism.

Born in 1985 in Lyon, François Dumont began playing the piano at the age of five with Pascale Imbert then worked with Chrystel Saussac and Hervé Billaut at the Regional Conservatory of Lyon. He returned at the age of fourteen to the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris in the class of Bruno Rigutto. He then perfected himself at the International Piano Academy of Lake Como with Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Dmitri Bashkirov, Fu Ts’ong and Andreas Staier, and worked with William Grant Naboré as part of “Theo Lieven Chair “at the Conservatory of Lugano.

He performs at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, Salle Cortot, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Auditorium de Lyon, as well as regularly appearing on various programs on France Musique, such as “Dans la Cour des grands “and” Génération Jeunes Interprètes “by Gaëlle Le Gallic, or” A perfect Tuesday “by Arièle Butaux,” Pleasure of love “by Frédéric Lodeon. He is regularly invited by Jean-François Zygel for his program “La Boîte à musique” on television.

More recently, François Dumont was chosen by Leonard Slatkin to play and record Ravel’s two Concertos with the Orchester National de Lyon, as part of their complete Ravel for Naxos.

François Dumont performs with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Fortworth Symphony in the United States, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium, the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestra Krakow Philharmonic, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Cannes Orchestra, the Nice Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Republican Guard Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia, the Orchestra Moroccan Philharmonic, the Wuhan Philharmonic Orchestra in China, with conductors such as Jesús Lopez-Cobos, Antoni Wit, Stefan Sanderling, Gilbert Varga, Philippe Bender, Wolfgang Doerner, Valentin Bogdanov … In 2011, he made his debut at St. Petersburg with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1. In April 2012, he quickly replaced Brigitte Engerer in Brahms’ Concerto No. 1 with the Orchester de Bretagne, under the direction of Arie van Beek.

His chamber music partners are Tabea Zimmermann, Augustin Dumay (with whom he plays the complete Brahms Sonatas), Henri Demarquette, the Sine Nomine Quartet, the Talich Quartet, the Zemlinsky Quartet, the Voce Quartet and the Debussy Quartet.

François Dumont has recently appeared at the Radio-France Montpellier Festival, the Chopin Festival in Bagatelle, the Chopin Festival in Nohant, the “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, as part of the “Ravel Days” of Montfort l’Amaury , at the Ljubljana Festival in Slovenia, at the Kennedy Center in Washington. He toured Japan with Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No. 1 with the Mikhailovsky Theater Orchestra in St. Petersburg.

His solo discography includes the complete Mozart Sonatas from Anima Records (“Maestro” from the magazine “Pianist”), a Chopin CD from Artalinna and a double album containing the Chopin Competition published by the Chopin Institute. of Warsaw. Highly acclaimed, Maurice Ravel’s complete piano work, published by Piano Classics, received a fff from Télérama and a 5 from Diapason. A disc devoted to Wagner-Liszt transcriptions at Piano Classics and a recording devoted to Mozart’s Concertos K. 271 and K. 466 (with the Orchester Symphonique de Bretagne) have also been published recently. In the autumn of 2015, his new solo project, dedicated to four keyboard suites by J. S. Bach, was released.

François Dumont was recently on tour in China with the 2nd Concerto of Saint-Saëns, then gave the complete piano work of Maurice Ravel in recital. In September 2015, he was the guest of the festival “Piano aux Jacobins” in Toulouse before leaving for the United States for the 2nd Concerto of Brahms. In February and March 2016, he plays and directs Mozart Concertos K. 453 and K. 488, with the Orchester Symphonique de Bretagne.


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