Winner of the Sixth Utrecht Liszt Competition in 2002, the French pianist Jean Dube has played the piano from the age of five. As a soloist and chamber musician he appeared on television and radio in France and abroad. At the age of nine he was invited to open the Mozart Bicentenary, playing Mozart's Concerto No. 5 with the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year he was unanimously awarded first prize in the 'Jeunes Prodiges Mozart a Paris' Competition.
Jean Dube studied with Jacques Rouvier and Jacqueline Robin and followed masterclasses with Dimitri Bashkirov, Lev Naumov, Oxana Yablonskaya, Rudolf Buchbinder, Vladimir Krainev, Leslie Howard and Murray Perahia. In 2000 he was awarded the Yvonne Lefebure Scholarship during the Orleans Twentieth Century International Piano Competition, enabling him to study in Dublin with John O'Conor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He was the youngest graduate ever in the history of the Conservatoire of Nice, and at the age of fourteen he gained the first prize in piano from the Conservatoire National Superieur in Paris. In international competitions he won first prize in the Francis Poulenc Competition in Brive-La-Gaillarde in 1997, and the 1998 Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Bucharest, taking second prize in the Takasaki Art and Music Competition in 2000. In December 2000 he was awarded the Second Grand Prize at the Oliver Messiaen Competition in Paris, where he also won the Yvonne Loriod Prize and the Editions Durand Prize.
In April 2002 Jean Dube was the undisputed winner of the 6th edition of the prestigious International Franz Liszt Piano Competition of Utrecht. His delicate playing during the Final was also rewarded with the Audience Award. As part of the First Prize, Jean Dube made the present recording for Naxos, and will also perform over ninety concerts in more than twenty different countries. In addition to many concerts in Europe, his international touring includes engagements in Ecuador, Venezuela, Indonesia, Korea, Hong Kong, Canada and the United States (with Barnabas Kelemen, the winner of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis).
Dube has also been invited to play at some of the world's most important music festivals: Musical Olympus (St Petersburg, Russia), Delft Chamber Music (The Netherlands), Wagner Festspiele (Bayreuth, Germany), Raritaten der Klaviermusik (Husum, Germany), Grachtenfestival (Amsterdam), Busoni Festival (Bolzano, Italy), Great Romantics (Hamilton, Canada), Festival of Flanders (Belgium), Kuhmo Chamber Music (Finland), Klavier-Festival Ruhr (Germany) as well as the European Liszt Nights in Utrecht, Budapest and Weimar. Orchestral performances include appearances with the St Petersburg Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Symphony, the Gy'r Philharmonic, and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestras, the WDR Rundfunkorchester, the North Netherlands Orchestra, the Prague Chamber Symphony and the North Hungarian Symphony Orchestras. In 2003 Jean Dube was selected for the prestigious Akzo Nobel for Young Talent project, performing in G'teborg with the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Hans Graf), in Budapest with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra Matav (conducted by Andras Ligeti) and in Birmingham with the Philharmonia (conducted by Paul Daniel).