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 labellised « 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 famous 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 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.
In chamber music, François Chaplin is used to perform with quatuors like Talich Quartet and Voce. He collaborates with the cellist like François Salque and pianists like 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.