A prize-winner at the 2007 Queen Elisabeth Competition, pianist François Dumont (born in Lyon in 1985) has also obtained the 1st prize at the Jean Françaix International Competition (2007) and a unanimous 1st prize at the Steinway International Competition. He is also a prize-winner of the Perlemuter, Clara Haskil, Hamamatsu and Piano Campus competitions. He has won the Grand Piano Prize of Spedidam (2005) and the Declic prize from the French Government.
François Dumont 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. Dumont recently graduated from the Lake Como International Piano School.
Since 2000, he has performed with orchestras in France (Lyon, Montpellier, Corsica, Paris, Caen), Belgium (Orchestre National de Belgique), Japan (Tokyo Symphony), the USA (Fort Worth Symphony), Switzerland (Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne) and Germany, performing concerti by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Poulenc and the Bach Concerti for three and four pianos. He has played the Sept Haïkaïby 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 performs together with Julien Szulman and appears with the Quatuor Debussy. He is also a member of the Trio Élégiaque (with Virginie Constant and Laurent Le Flécher). Their first CD for Triton, one of works by Messiaen and Dusapin (world premiere) with Jean-Philippe Vivier, received a Diapason d’Or. The Trio premiered Nicolas Bacri’s Fourth Trio, dedicated to them, to great acclaim. Their next CD with Triton is dedicated to three Russian composers (Arensky, Rachmaninoff and Rimsky-Korsakov).
Dumont has performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Salle Gaveau, the Salle Pleyel, the Auditorium de Lyon and many festivals such as the Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, the Chopin Festival, the Nuits Musicales du Suquet in Cannes and the Festival de Radio France in Montpellier. He has given recitals in Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Ireland, the USA, Latvia, Syria, Brazil and Mexico.
In 2009 he recorded the complete Mozart sonatas for Anima Records.