Trained within the Russian school by Alexeï Golovine in Geneva and Evgenij Koroliov in Hamburg, the pianist is described by Martha Argerich as “a very talented young pianist with a remarkable virtuosity and deep lyricism” and by Boris Berezovsky as “an excellent musician with high virtuosity”. Born in 1989, the French-Swiss pianist began his career at the age of 12 when the great Argentinian pianist invited him in Japan to play for the “Pacific Music Festival”.
Since then he has performed in various other festivals, in Switzerland, in France, in Germany, in Russia, in Poland, in Canada, in China and in Japan : La Roque d’Anthéron (France), the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano, the Schubertiade in Porrentruy, the Septembre Musical de Montreux with orchestras like the Orchestre National du Capitole, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, or with the Poznan Philharmonic, under the batons of maestros like Neeme Järvi, Philippe Béran, Lukasz Borowicz, Thierry Fischer or Frédéric Chaslin.
François-Xavier Poizat won great recognition in the world of international competitions, when winning, among others, the Grand Prix of the 11th “International Wettbewerb : romantische Sterne” in Kassel (DE), 2004, the “Prix Jeune Soliste 2007” from the Radios Francophones Publiques, the First Prize (all instruments) in the 5th “Internationaler Musikwettbewerb für die Jugend” in Oldenburg (DE) or the First Prize in the “Elise Meyer” Competition in Hamburg (DE) in 2009.
The pianist created a sensation in the famous “Tchaikovsky Competition” in Moscow (2011) when winning the “Jury Special Prize”, becoming the first Swiss pianist in history to be a prizewinner in this legendary competition. After Migros Cultural Percentage “Solist Prize” (2012), he was finalist from the Clara Haskil Competition in Vevey (September 2013).
In parallel with his activity as a pianist, François-Xavier Poizat is also the artistic director of the International “Puplinge Classique” Festival in Geneva and has already issued two CDs on the market : the 4th Concerto from Xavier Scharwenka with the Poznan Philharmonic under the label “NAXOS” in the famous “Romantic Piano Concertos” series, and transcriptions for piano from orchestral pieces with the Label “Ars Produktion”.
He received the Fondation Leenaards scolarship (2007) and the Prix d’Etude Migros (2011 and 2012) and is active as a representant of the University Hospitals of Geneva.