Born in Paris in 1962, began piano studies at age 13 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris by Jean and Geneviève Doyen. For seven years, he carried on his studies at the CNSM of Paris with Ventsislav Yankoff, adding chamber music, harmony and counterpoint. He won in 1980 the first prize for piano and chamber music and was admitted to post graduate studies in the advanced course.
1981 François won the ARD International Competition in Munich. 1983 he left France for two years to study at the Musikhochschule Hanover (Germany) with Karl-Heinz Kämmerling. He recorded with many broadcasting radio stations . François was also prizewinner at the Chopin Competition in Warsaw and Palma de Majorca in 1985, at the GPA of Dublin, at the Arthur Rubinstein competition of Tel-Aviv and at the Piano Master of Monte-Carlo in 1989.
He has been invited to play with conductors such as Theodore Guschlbauer, Emmanuel Krivine, Hubert Soudant, Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Grzegosz Nowak and Radoslav Szulc. He was invited to play at Salle Gaveau and Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Berliner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Berlin, at the Music Festival of La Roque d’Anthéron, at France Musique in Wigmore Hall and in Japan, Malaysia and Taïwan.