Mozart, the Essence of Music
03/26/22 at 08:00pm
French pianist François Dumont’s international career has been launched by his success in major international piano competitions winning prizes in the Chopin Competition, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Clara Haskil Competition, the Montecarlo Piano Masters. He has been nominated for the “Victoires de la musique”, a major French classical music event. He has received the Prix de la Révélation from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France.
François Dumont has been chosen by Leonard Slatkin to play and record both Ravel concerti with the Orchestre National de Lyon. The CD will be issued for Naxos during the 2017-18 season.
He appears as a soloist with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Montecarlo Philharmonic, the Orchestre National d'Île de France, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Tokyo Symphony with conductors such as Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, Antoni Wit, Arie van Beek, Philippe Bender, Stefan Sanderling, David Reiland, Ransom Wilson.
François Dumont was fourteen years old when he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Bruno Rigutto’s class. He later studied at the prestigious Lake Como International Piano Academy with artists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, Murray Perahia, William Grant Naboré, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts’ong.
François Dumont is invited to perform recitals in major Venus such as the Festival International de la Roque d’Anthéron, the ‘Piano aux Jacobins’ Festival à Toulouse, Chopin Festival in Nohant, Radio-France Montpellier Festival, Chopin à Bagatelle Festival, “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, Journées Ravel in Montfort l’Amaury, Ljubljana Festival, Kennedy Center in Washington. He regularly tours Japan and China.
His first solo recordings, the Complete Mozart Sonatas (Anima Records) and a Chopin album (Artalinna) both received the “Maestro” award of the “Pianiste” magazine. Other solo recordings include a Wagner/Liszt programme (Piano Classics) as well as a double CD “live” that includes all his performances at the Chopin Competition, published by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw.
His recent recording of the complete piano music of Maurice Ravel (Piano Classics) has received both critic (FFF Telerama, 5 Diapason) and public acclaim.
The first volume of the B.A.C.H. project has been released by Artalinna. The second one is released in February 2017.
His recent recording of Mozart Concerti K.271 and K.466 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne have been praised for their “clarity of elocution”, their “ideal sense of equilibrium” and “delightful classicism”.
His collaboration with the OSB continues with Mozart Concerti K.453 and K.488 which he has recorded live, conducting from the keyboard on tour between February and March 2016.
2017 highlights include concerto performances with the Orchestre National de Lille, Orquestra Nacional de Colombia, Orchestre de Bretagne, recitals in La Folle Journée in Nantes, Auditorium in Lyon, Salle Gaveau in Paris, as well as a recital Tour in China, both Ravel Concertos in Round Top, Texas under the baton of Ransom Wilson, concerts in Radio France Montpellier Festival, Messiaen au pays de La Meije and a Bach project with Piano aux Jacobins.
Photo by Matteo de Fina