(OC) ★★★★ BBC Music Magazine, 2018
Born in Lyon, France pianist François Dumont’s international career was launched by his prize-winning successes at the Chopin, Queen Elisabeth, Clara Haskil, and Monte Carlo Piano Masters competitions. At the age of fourteen, he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and studied with Bruno Rigutto. He subsequently studied at the prestigious International Piano Academy Lake Como with artists such as Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, and Andreas Staier. He studied as a Theo Lieven Scholar in the Lugano Conservatory.
Mr. Dumont has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the world such as the Mariinsky Theater Orchestra, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lorraine, the Orquesta Nacional de Colombia, and the Wuhan Philharmonic with conductors such as Christoph Altstaedt, Arie van Beek, Philippe Bender, Grant Llewellyn, Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, David Reiland, François-Xavier Roth, Stefan Sanderling, Alexander Sladkovsky, Leonard Slatkin, Ransom Wilson, and Antoni Wit. He also regularly appears at festivals such as Festival International de la Roque d’Anthéron, the ‘Piano aux Jacobins’ Festival in Toulouse, Chopin Festival in Nohant, Radio-France Montpellier Festival, Chopin à Paris Bagatelle Festival, “Chopin and his Europe” Festival in Warsaw, Nuits du Suquet in Cannes, Journées Ravel in Montfort l’Amaury, Round Top Festival, and the Ljubljana Festival.
During the 2018-19 season, Francois Dumont toured Italy with Les Siècles Orchestra conducted by François-Xavier Roth, performing both the Franck and Ravel concertos. He made his debut at the Paris Philharmonie in February 2019 performing Schumann Piano Concerto with the Orchestre Pasdeloup and Christoph Altstaedt, conducting. He also toured cities in France with the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie performing Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 “Jeunehomme.” Other concerts during the season took him to Taiwan, Luxembourg, Ireland, Belgium and Russia.
François Dumont’ discography includes the complete Mozart Sonatas (for Anima Records) and a Chopin album (for Artalinna) both of which received the “Maestro” award from the French magazine Pianiste. Other solo recordings include a Wagner/Liszt program (Piano Classics) as well as a live double CD that includes all his performances from the Chopin Competition, released by the National Chopin Institute in Warsaw. His recording of the complete piano music of Maurice Ravel (Piano Classics) has received critical acclaim. Two volumes of keyboard works by J.S. Bach called “Looking for B.A.C.H” on the Artalinna label were released in 2015 and 2017, respectively of which the French critic Jacques Drillon wrote “coherence, dignity, richness of affects. One thinks of Edwin Fisher.” His 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 Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne continued with live recordings of Mozart Concerti K.453 and K.488 which he conducted from the keyboard. His latest album, the complete Chopin Nocturnes, was praised by the BBC Music Magazine for his “singing tone” and the International Piano Magazine considers it “a stunning new version that sets him apart”, while the American magazine Fanfare wrote “There are few recent recordings to compare with this one.”
Leonard Slatkin chose Mr. Dumont as the soloist to record a CD of the two Ravel Piano Concerti with the Orchestre National de Lyon, which will be released on the Naxos label in September 2019.
Chamber music is an important part of Mr. Dumont’s musical life and performances. He frequently collaborates with musical partners such as Tabea Zimmerman; Augustin Dumay; Henri Demarquette; Xavier Philipps; the Prazak, Sine Nomine, Talich, Zemlinsky, Voce and Debussy Quartets. He is also a member of the Trio Élégiaque with Virginie Constant and Philippe Aïche, with whom he recorded the complete Beethoven and Schubert Trios.
The 2019-20 season takes him to South America, China, Japan, Poland, Ukraine, Switzerland and Spain, besides recital tours in France.
(OC) ★★★★ BBC Music Magazine, 2018