François Chaplin


François Chaplin trained at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) with the Bulgarian pianist Ventsislav Yankoff and with Jacqueline Robin (accompaniment and chamber music), and was unanimously awarded first prizes for piano and chamber music. He then followed the advanced course with Jean-Claude Pennetier. In 1989, he received the Mozart and Robert Casadesus Prizes at the International Competition in Cleveland. Those distinctions are the start of a brilliant international career.

His recording of Debussy’s complete piano works has been unanimously acclaimed by the international press and has reaped many awards (Diapason d’Or, ffff Télérama, Award BBC Magazine/London). It is already regarded internationally as a reference. His Debussy’s recording is internationally-renowned.

On the occasion of the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth (2010), François Chaplin recorded the complete Nocturnes (label Zig-Zag Territoires/Harmonia Mundi) in March 2010, acclaimed by critics (ffff Télérama) and certified « Chopin 2010 en France ». For this event, François Chaplin performed on the most famous international stages.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth in 2012, François Chaplin recorded with the French pianist Philippe Cassard a new CD of the complete works for two pianos by Claude Debussy (label Decca/Universal). This new CD comes out the 30th of January 2012 and a tour of many concerts on the most international stages will start again.

François Chaplin now appears as a soloist in many of the world’s capitals, including Tokyo, London (Wigmore Hall), Paris (TCE, salle Gaveau, Musée d'Orsay), Berlin, Moscow and Mexico, to name but a few, and with many fine orchestras such as the Japan Philharmonic, the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic and the renowned French national orchestras. He appears regularly at important festivals, including La Roque-d’Anthéron, Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, the Chopin Festival at Paris Bagatelle, the Chopin Festival at Nohant (Rencontres Internationales), Pontlevoy, Reims (Les Flâneries Musicales), Cervantino (Mexico), Yokohama (Japan), Saint Petersburg, Riga, Kazakstan, etc.

In chamber music, François Chaplin is used to perform with quartets like Talich Quartet and Voce. He collaborates with the cellist like François Salque and pianists like Philippe Cassard.

François Chaplin’s other recordings include works by Chopin (Ballades, Barcarolle, Berceuse), Schumann (Kreisleriana, Kinderszenen), Poulenc (complete works for two pianos and 4 hands with the french pianist Alexandre Tharaud), Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (sonatas) and Mozart (concertos, chamber version) and Debussy (4 hands and 2 pianos) with Philippe Cassard. In march 2015, he's recorded the complete Impromptus of Schubert (label Aparte/Harmonia Mundi) also acclaimed by critics (ffff Télérama). François Chaplin recorded the last Klavierstücke opus 117,118, 119 of Brahms (release for June 2019), and in the meantime two great concertos of Mozart (KV 488, KV 491) with the Orchestra of Besançon for the early 2017, release spring 2018. At the end of November 2019, a CD “Années Folles” will be released with the argentinian pianist, Marcela Roggeri, label Klarthe.

Francois Chaplin is together a piano Professor at the Versailles National Music Conservatory and head of Master-Class of french music in various foreign countries, notably at the Conservatory of St Petersburg, at the University of Montreal, Norway and Japan.