Jean-François Dichamp

In 1982, a 12 year-old boy made his first major appearance on TV screens throughout the world. This was Jean-François Dichamp, playing the part of the young Mozart in Marcel Bluwal’s epic film dedicated to the great composer. 

Until then, Jean-François had been a musician rather than an actor. He began to study piano with his mother at an early age and continued studying at the Paris Conservatory, and the circuit of international piano competitions. Jean-François Dichamp was unanimously awarded his Premier Prix at the Conservatory in 1986. He became one of the most brillant students of Nikita Magaloff, and later of Maria Curcio, with whom he studied for four years in London. A disciple of Schnabel, Mme Curcio brought depth to his knowledge of the piano, and enlarged his whole musical horizon. He won three prizes at the Santander international piano competition (finalist prize, « young talent » award, and the Madame Arthur Rubinstein award for the best interpretation of Chopin). This signalled the start of a career which brought him acclaim in Spain and many other countries. « A very sensitive artist » according to The Times ; « a natural gift for Chopin » The Independent of Sunday; from Mexico « a truly musical event, after his magnificent recital the audience gave him a standing ovation »

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