"The five hours I spent with Michael Jackson in Los Angeles will certainly be the most emotional of my musical career. It was fantastic to discover so many common points: passion for music (without limits), for peace and freedom, love for animals and nature. In one word: for humanity!"
François is a conductor, pianist, composer and entertainer who has toured through Europe, USA, Latin America, Canada, Japan, China till Middle East and Africa. His work is classical music, in a style the general public can relate to, all without 1 note of music before him. He is Honorary Professor of chamber music at Royal Music Conservatory of Ghent, Belgium, Guest Professor at Yale University USA and Director of the International Piano Master Class in Antwerp. He worked with several big names, like Paul McCartney. King Boudewijn from Belgium decorated François.
Francois met Michael on 2nd of May 1989, because Michael requested they meet privately to talk about classical music. Michael asked François to make classical arrangements of his biggest hits. One year later they met again and Michael was thrilled by the 3 compositions François already made (“Bad,” “Liberian Girl,” “Smooth Criminal”). They had a plan to do a big classical event in London together for charity, when all compositions were done. Through the years the plans changed, but the friendship remained. Since Michael’s death, François conducted the classical Michael hits already with the National Symphony Orchestra (life for BBC) and when Michael passed away, he conducted them in Prague where he did concerts at that time.
François is now 78 years old. The passing of Michael is still very emotional for him. François recently released a CD called In Memoriam Michael Jackson, which includes some Michael works arranged for piano, and some of his own work in tribute to Michael.
We met François on our 2010 Tour at an event in Belgium. Read more on David's Blog.
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