François Dumont
piano | France, °1985
 
PIANO 2007 : Laureate
François Dumont (Lyons, 1985) was fourteen years old when he entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where he worked with Bruno Rigutto and Hervé Billaut. Other mentors include Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William G.Naboré, Paul Badura-Skoda, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Fou Ts'ong. He also studied at the Lake Como International Piano School.

A Laureate of the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, pianist François Dumont has obtained First Prize in the Jean Françaix International Competition (2007) and a unanimous First Prize in the Steinway International Competition. He is a laureate too of the Perlemuter, Clara Haskil, Hamamatsu and Piano Campus competitions. He has obtained the Grand Piano Prize of Spedidam (2005) and the "Declic" Prize from the French Government.

Since 2000, he has performed with orchestras in France (Lyon, Montpellier, Corsica, Paris, Caen), Belgium (National Orchestra of Belgium), Japan (Tokyo Symphony), the USA (Fortworth Symphony), Switzerland (Orchestre de chambre de Lausanne), Germany, … performing concertos by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov, Poulenc..., and the Bach Concertos for 3 and 4 pianos. He has played the Seven Haïkaï by Messiaen with the Cannes orchestra under the baton of Philippe Bender.

A passionate chamber musician, François Dumont has performed the complete Beethoven violin and piano sonatas with Stéphane Tran-Ngoc in the USA. He forms a duo with Julien Szulman and another with soprano Helen Kearns, and appears with the Quatuor Debussy. He is a member of the Trio Elégiaque (with Virginie Constant and Laurent Le Flécher). Their first CD for Triton, one of works by Messiaen and Dusapin (World Première) with Jean-Philippe Vivier, has been awarded with a Diapason d'Or. The Trio has successfully premiered Nicolas Bacri’s Fourth Trio, which is dedicated to them. Their second CD with Triton is devoted to three Russian composers (Arensky, Rachmaninov, Rimsky-Korsakov).

Dumont has performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau, Salle Pleyel, auditorium de Lyon and many festivals such as the Festival d'Auvers-sur-Oise, Festival Chopin, Nuits du Suquets in Cannes, Festival de Radio France Montpellier... He has given recitals in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Ireland, the USA, Latvia, Syria, Brasil and Mexico. He has participated at an intergral performance of Liszt's works at Salle Pleyel for the Chopin Society of Paris.

In 2009, he has recorded the complete Mozart sonatas for Anima Records.
Audio
Programme
Final (31/05/2007)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sonata n. 8 in A minor KV 310
Miguel Gálvez-Taroncher La Luna y la Muerte
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concerto n. 1 in B flat minor op. 23
François Dumont, piano
National Orchestra of Belgium, dir. Gilbert Varga
Semi-final

Récital (16/05/2007)

Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata n. 8 in C minor op. 13
Kris Defoort Dedicatio VI
Maurice Ravel Ondine
Maurice Ravel Le gibet
Maurice Ravel Scarbo

Concerto (19/05/2007)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Concerto n. 20 in D minor KV 466
François Dumont, piano
Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie, dir. Paul Goodwin
First round (09/05/2007)
Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and Fugue n. 8 in E flat minor BWV 853
Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody n. 11 in A minor (Hungarian Rhapsodies)
Claude Debussy Etude pour les arpèges composés
Aleksandr Skryabin Etude in D sharp minor op. 8/12
François Dumont, piano
Piano 2020 postponed to May 2021
How the competition unfolds
H.M. Queen Mathilde
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