with the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Yoshikazu Fukumura, conductor



Cultural Center of the Philippines and

The Embassy of France in the Philippines

in cooperation with SSI Group, Inc.



June 22, 2017 | 8:00pm

Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (CCP Main Theater)




In celebration of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Philippines and France, renowned French pianist Francois Chaplin and the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra perform French classical masterpieces under the baton of Maestro Yoshikazu Fukumura. The first part of the program features Maurice Ravel’s Bolero and Claude Debussy’s La Mer to be performed by the PPO, while the second part presents Francois Chaplin in Ravel’s Concerto in G. Mr. Chaplin will also give a piano master class at the CCP on June 30.



François Chaplin, piano


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, Télérama, Award BBC Magazine/London). This renowned recording is already regarded internationally as a reference.


On the occasion of the bicentenary of Chopin’s birth (2010), François Chaplin made a critically-acclaimed recording of the complete Nocturnes in March 2010. For this event, he also performed in the world’s most famous concert halls.


For the 150th anniversary of Claude Debussy’s birth in 2012, François Chaplin recorded a new CD of the complete works for two pianos by Claude Debussy (label Decca/Universal) with the famous French pianist Philippe Cassard. This was followed by and international concert tour.


François Chaplin now appears as a soloist in many of the world’s capitals, including Tokyo, London, Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Mexico, to name but a few, and with many fine orchestras such as the Japan Philharmonic, the Saint Petersbourg 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 Petersbourg, Riga, Kazakstan, etc.


François Chaplin has performed chamber music in collaboration with Talich Quartet, Voce, François Salque and Phiippe 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 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 recorded the complete Impromptus of Schubert (label Aparte/Harmonia Mundi), which was also acclaimed by critics.


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, the University of Montreal, Norway and Japan.




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