Contestant 17: Francois-Xavier Poizat
You know you are heading for greatness, when you at 12 get invited to Japan to play at the “Pacific Music Festival”. The French-Swiss prodigy, Francois-Xavier Poizat, has been a professional more or less since, and has vast experience, way beyond his 23 years.
Francois is trained within the Russian school, by Alexeï Golovine in Geneva and Evgenij Koroliov in Hamburg, and made his debut at 11, with a recital at the CERN in Geneva. Since then, he has performed in various festivals in Switzerland, France, Germany, Russia, Poland, Canada, China and Japan, with orchestras like the Orchestre National du Capitole, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and with the Poznan Philharmonic, under the batons of maestros like Neeme Järvi, Philippe Béran or Lukasz Borowicz.
François-Xavier Poizat has won great recognition through his many international competition wins. He has collected prizes in the Grand Prix of the 11th “International Wettbewerb : romantische Sterne” in Kassel (DE), 2004, the “Prix Jeune Soliste 2007” from the Radios Francophones Publiques, the 1st Prize (all instruments) in the 5th “Internationaler Musikwettbewerb für die Jugend” in Oldenburg and the 1st Prize in the “Elise Meyer” Competition in Hamburg in 2009.
The pianist created a sensation in the famous “Tchaikovsky Competition” in Moscow (2011), when winning the “Jury Special Prize”, becoming the first Swiss pianist in history to be a prizewinner in this legendary competition. Recently, he also won the Migros Cultural Percentage “Solist Prize”.
In parallel with his activity as a pianist, François-Xavier Poizat is also the artistic director of several international festivals in France, Switzerland and Germany, and has already issued a CD on the market : “The 4th Concerto from Xavier Scharwenka with the Poznan Philharmonic” under the label Naxos, in the famous “Romantic Piano Concertos” series.
Francois received the Fondation Leenaards Scolarship (2007) and the Prix d’Etude Migros (2011 and 2012), and is active as a representant of the University Hospitals of Geneva.
To watch Francois-Xavier Poizat performing Mozart/Volodos “Turkish March”, click here.