François Dumont – piano

French pianist François Dumont’s international career has been launched by his success in major international piano competitions including the Chopin International Competition in Warsaw in 2010, where he received 5th Prize, awarded by a most prestigious jury, including Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire. He is also a Laureate of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels and has won First Prize in the Jean Françaix International Competition, the Steinway International Competition; he is finalist of the Clara Haskil Competition in Switzerland, the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan as well as the Montecarlo Piano Masters. He has obtained the „Declic“ Prize from the French Government and is a laureate of the Banque Populaire Fondation as well as the Charles Oulmont Prize from the Fondation de France. In 2011 he has been nominated for the „Victoires de la musique“, a major French classical music event. In 2012 he has received the Prix de la Révélation from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France.

François Dumont was fourteen years old when he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Bruno Rigutto’s class, where he also studied with Pierre-Laurent Aimard. He later studied with artists such as Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts’ong, during masterclasses at the prestigious International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy and works with William Grant Naboré as a recipient of the Theo Lieven Chair in Lugano Conservatory.

His recording of the Complete Mozart Sonatas (for Anima Records) has received the „Maestro“ Award from the „Pianiste“ Magazine. It has been praised for its „eloquent inventivity, its free imagination, architectural science and a perlé touch that confirms a rare maturity“. His next recording of late Chopin works for Artalinna received the same award. His recording of the Complete Piano Music of Maurice Ravel will be issued soon for Piano Classics.

François Dumont has played in Salle Pleyel,Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau in Paris and takes regularly part in various emissions for Radio France, including Dans la Cour des Grands and Génération Jeunes Interprètes by Gaelle Le Gallic, Un mardi idéal by Arièle Buteaux.

He appears as a soloist with orchestra in France and abroad : he has played with Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (conductor Jesùs Lopez-Cobòs), Belgium National Symphony, Warsaw National Philharmonic (conductor Antoni Wit), Krakow Philharmonic, Montecarlo Philharmonic, Fortworth Symphony in the United-States, Tokyo Symphony in Japan, Wuhan Philharmonic in China. He has given recitals in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Brazil, Roumania and Mexico.

In March 2011 he made his début in Russia playing Tchaikovsky concerto n.1 with the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra in St Petersburg.In April 2012 he played Brahms D minor concerto with Orchestre de Bretagne conducted by Arie van Beck. His schedule for 2013-2014 include appearances with Orchestre de Cannes (conducted by Philippe Bender), Orchestre de Bretagne (conducted by Darell Ang) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice.

Also much in demand as a chamber music partner, he has played with violinist Sayaka Shoji, cellist Henri Demarquette for France Musique and with the Quatuor Debussy at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. François Dumont is a member of the Trio Elégiaque, with whom he has recorded a CD of works by Messiaen and Dusapin (World Première) that has received many awards by the critics, including the Diapason d’Or. The Trio Elégiaque has successfully performed the World Première of Nicolas Bacri’s Fourth Trio, „Sonata seria“ (which is dedicated to them), in the Grand Salon des Invalides, Paris. Their recent recording of Trios by Rachmaninov, Arensky and Rimsky-Korsakov has been praised by the critics (‚coup de coeur‘ by Alain Duault on RTL). In April 2011, the Trio Elegiaque has performed the complete Beethoven Trios in Paris, Opera Comique. Their recording of the complete Beethoven Trios will be issued soon for Brilliant Classics.

François Dumont in many festivals such as the Festival Radio France Montpellier, Festival Chopin de Bagatelle in Paris, Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, Hamburg International Steinway Festival, Ljubljana Festival,“Chopin and his Europe“ Festival in Warsaw, Kennedy Center in Washington. François Dumont recently played Beethoven 1st Concerto in Salle Gaveau, Paris, and Ravel’s G major concerto at the final concert of the Journées Ravel de Montfort l’Amaury, the home town of this composer.

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