"François Dumont appartient incontestablement à la fine fleur du clavier" - Michel Le Naour (Concert Classic)
"François Dumont est un musicien sensible, d’une pudeur, d’une élégance remarquables, dont la chaleur de timbres, la vocalité naturelle et les mouvements pondérés conviennent particulièrement à l’expression des chefs-d’œuvre de Chopin" - La Lettre du Musicien
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 also received the Prix de la Révélation from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France.
Recently François Dumont was chosen by Maestro Leonard Slatkin to play and record both Ravel concerti with the Orchestre National de Lyon. The CD will be issued for Naxos during the 16-17 season.
François has performed with orchestras such as the Cleveland Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, the Montecarlo Philharmonic, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, the Tokyo Symphony and with conductors such as Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, Antoni Wit, Arie van Beek, Philippe Bender, Stefan Sanderling.
At fourteen years old François 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 Murray Perahia, Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier and Fou Ts’ong.
François Dumont has been invited to perform solo recitals at the ‘Piano aux Jacobins’ Festival in 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 also is regularly invited to tour 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 Télérama, 5 Diapason) and public acclaim.
The first volume of the B.A.C.H. project has just been released by Artalinna.
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”.
François’ collaboration with the OSB will continue with Mozart Concerti K.453 and K.488 which he will be conducting from the keyboard on tour between February and April 2016.