Contestant 5: Francois Dumont

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We continue our contestant presentation with French wonderboy, Francois Dumont, who is no stranger to piano competitions, having already won the First Prize several times in his career.

Dumont was born in Lyon in 1985, and began learning the piano at the age of 5. At 14, Dumont entered the Paris Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, where he studied with Bruno Rigutto and Hervé Billaut.

He later studied at the International Piano Academy Lake Como in Italy with Leon Fleisher, Dmitri Bashkirov, Murray Perahia, Fou Ts’ong, and in Lugano Conservatory with William G. Naboré, as a recipient of the Theo Lieven Scholarship.

Dumont is notable for winning Fifth prize in the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition. He has also won First Prize in the Jean Françaix International Competition in 2007 and First Prize in the Steinway International Piano Competition in 2002. Francois is also a laureate of the Perlemuter, Clara Haskil, Hamamatsu and Piano Campus piano competitions, and obtained the Grand Piano Prize of Spedidam in 2005 and the “Declic” Prize from the French Government.

Dumont has performed in most of the major venues in France, and has been invited to perform as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Lausanne, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Poland with Antoni Wit, and the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, among others.

He has also played in Belgium, China, Germany, Poland and United States, and performed Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” with the Liep?ja Symphony Orchestra in Latvia.

His recording of the complete Mozart sonatas for Anima Records received the Maestro Award from Pianiste magazine. Other solo recordings include works by Chopin and the complete piano works of Ravel.

Here’s a clip of Francois Dumont performing at the 16th International Chopin Piano Competition.

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