Music always means sharing for me: you taste it, you savor it and you delight in it. Each note, breath and phrase beautifully fits in its place. As the music plays, every line reveals the story, with every sentence commanding our emotions and instantly influencing our feelings.”

French pianist François Chouchan is more than a musician; he is a neo-romantic melodist.
Born into an artistic family, Chouchan studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, where he was instructed by Yvonne Loriod-Messiaen and Germaine Mounier and unanimously awarded first prize in both piano and chamber music. Since winning the third prize at the Viotti International Piano Competition in Italy at just 19 years of age, his outstanding talent has been recognized internationally.

In addition to performing as a soloist with orchestras in many established concert halls and in chamber music ensembles in many countries, Chouchan has been invited to play during master classes by several incredible talents, including Mstislav Rostropovich, Nikita Magaloff, Gyorgy Sebok and Magda Tagliaferro. Chouchan shares beauty of sound, clarity of texture and integrity of interpretation with all of the artists with whom he plays and in every setting.

Chouchan is also a composer of melodic soundtracks for film, having written the scores for such titles as the famous French film “Il est génial Papy” and the Swiss movie “Equipe de Nuit.” When composing soundtracks, Chouchan is able to transpose images he sees in his mind or on the screen, as well as his deepest feelings, into the melodies he writes. A member of SACEM, one of his biggest aspirations is to expand his score-composing career in the United States. Therefore, in 2007, at the suggestion of his mentor, music composer Georges Delerue, Chouchan relocated from Paris to Los Angeles.

Over the last four years, Chouchan has performed at: LACMA’s “Sundays Live” concert series; Schoenberg Hall at UCLA; California State University’s Long Beach and Northridge campuses with the Music Guild; the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica; the Brandeis-Bardin Institute; L’Ermitage Foundation; Zipper Hall with Elizabeth Futral, one of the world’s leading sopranos; and, the Music Academy in Santa Barbara, among other well-respected venues.

In addition to the above, Chouchan has created “Le Salon de Musiques” (www.lesalondemusiques.com), a “new concept” chamber music concert series at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles that is about to enter its second season. In its first season, “Le Salon de Musiques” collaborated with the Luminario Ballet on the first performance anywhere of Schubert’s “Winterreise” as a ballet.

Wherever he plays, professionals and spectators alike regard Chouchan as an inspiring, sensitive and creative musician.