B i o g r a p h y
Pianist FRANÇOIS GERMAIN has performed extensively in Europe, the United States and Canada as soloist and accompanist. Originally from Aix-en-Provence, France, he is the recipient of many awards, including first prizes in the Radio-France Competition, the Madeleine de Valmalète Competition and the Paul and Verna Gelinas Competition. He holds a bachelor's degree in music from the Conservatoire Darius Milhaud, and a master's and doctorate degrees in piano performance from the University of Montreal. Recent performances include such venues as the American Church in Paris, Steinway Hall in New York, the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and the Atheneum in Athens.
A native French and German speaker, he specializes in French mélodie, lied and art song. He served from 2002-2007 at the University of Montreal as a graduate vocal coach and assistant to Rosemarie Landry (a disciple of Pierre Bernac and Gerard Souzay) where he acquired a unique expertise in French lyric diction and style. He is a founder and editor of the website dictionpolice.com which provides practical multimedia language and diction tools for classical singers. He has given Masterclasses and workshops on French repertoire in Europe and throughout the United States in institutions such as the Longy School of Music and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Dr. Germain is currently an Associate Professor at the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York in Potsdam, where he is the head of the voice area and also teaches piano performance. Additionally, he provides coaching and musical preparation for the award-winning Crane Opera Ensemble.
Since 2017, he has been on the staff of the Semperoper in Dresden Germany as a guest coach, working on new productions of French operas.
For the last 10 years, Dr. Germain has been on the Faculty of the University of Miami Frost School of Music Summer Program in Salzburg, Austria, one of Europe's longest running and most respected programs of its kind for singers and vocal pianists.
In addition to his performance and teaching activities, Dr. Germain holds a master's degree in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences-Po) where he researched the socio-political context of Dimitri Shostakovich's work and the relationship between Soviet composers and the cultural authorities of the time.
His principal teachers include Marc Durand, Jean Saulnier, Bernard Flavigny and Clara Woringer-Kastler, and he has taken part in master classes with such greats as Boris Berman, Thomas Grubb, Roger Vignoles, and Malcolm Martineau.