Free Concert Sunday March 22th 2019, 5pm
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.
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 has been 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.
His 2018 allbum, the complete Chopin Nocturnes, was praised by the BBC magazine for his « singing tone » and the International Piano Magazine considers that it is « a stunning new version that sets him apart », while the American magazine Fanfare writes : « There are few recent recordings to compare with this one. »
During the 2018-19 season, he is invited to perform Franck and Ravel concertos with Les Siècles orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth. Concerts will take him to Taïwan, Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium and Russia. He will give a concert tour with Orchestre des Pays de Savoie with Mozart’s «Jeunehomme» concerto.
His debut in the Paris Philharmonie will take place in February 2019 with Schumann piano concerto.