Celebrated flute soloist Ransom Wilson and prizewinning French pianist François Dumont have teamed up again with electrifying results. “In the Age of Debussy” by the duo – released on 15th January 2021 – represents them at their very best, in a program of music by Debussy and his contemporaries.
Strong believers in the power of music to teleport listeners to another dimension, the duo dazzles in its approach to this sensual and viscerally exciting music. Their new release marks the second collaboration of the duo, after “In the Age of Ravel”, which featured music by Maurice Ravel and his friends. Pianist Dumont’s initial solo recordings, the “Complete Mozart Sonatas- Anima Records” and the Chopin album “Artalinna” were both met with unusual acclaim and praise. He also recently received the “Maestro” award of “Pianiste” magazine. Ransom Wilson is one of the most celebrated flutists of his generation. An artist of New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, he plays extensively, all over the globe.
With their newest CD, Dumont and Wilson are already receiving critical and popular acclaim, as they continue to delight with their loving tribute to France’s greatest composers. Their colorful, virtuosic and transparent approach is unique, and appeals to listeners of all ages.
Ransom Wilson is an international flute virtuoso and recording artist. His performing career started with recitals alongside his mentor Jean-Pierre Rampal, and continued with two international tours as soloist with Leonard Bernstein and the Israel Philharmonic. Appearances with major orchestras and conductors followed, and his collaboration with composer Steve Reich on “Vermont Counterpoint” cemented his position in the international concert world. Also a conductor, he is the Music Director of the Redlands Symphony, Artistic Director of New York’s Le Train Bleu Ensemble, and Music Director of the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. Brimming with talent, Wilson has served as guest conductor with major orchestras, including the “London Symphony”, “Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra”, and the “Houston Symphony”, among others. He has also accompanied several internationally recognized artists such as André Watts, Joshua Bell, and Hilary Hahn. Wilson has successfully released 27 albums as a flute soloist and 11 as a conductor, garnering 3 Grammy nominations.
Complementing Wilson, French pianist François Dumont is a prize-winning artist and musician, who has amassed laurels in several international competitions, among them the Chopin and Queen Elizabeth. He has been nominated for the “Victoires de la musique”–a major French classical music event–and received the “Prix de la Révélation” from the Syndicate of Music Critics in France. Dumont performs as a soloist with major orchestras including the celebrated “Cleveland Orchestra”, the iconic “Mariinsky Theater Orchestra”, and the famed “Monte Carlo Philharmonic”, among several other internationally renowned ensembles. Dumont has also worked with great conductors such as legendary Jesùs Lopez-Cobos, Leonard Slatkin, Antoni Wit, Arie van Beek, and Philippe Bender. Dumont’s recordings of the complete piano music of Maurice Ravel has met with widespread critical acclaim.