François began his musical training at age 10 in his native Paris, France. After attending the IMEP Paris College of Music, he earned a Bachelor of Music with honors from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. He has studied privately with Darren Barrett, Mick Goodrick, Rick Peckham, Jaleel Shaw and Miguel Zenon, among others. François has worked with artists including Chris Cheek, Gary Burton and Kurt Elling, and was a 2019 finalist in the 7 Virtual Jazz Club Competition as well as a semi-finalist in the 2019 Herbie Hancock Competition. He appears on Darren Barrett’s recent release "The EVI Sessions."
François’s goal as a teacher is to spread the same joy that music has brought him. He says, “I believe in getting to know each student to be able to determine exactly how to help them individually, allowing them to learn and grow in the most comfortable and suited way possible.” His methodologies rely on a strong understanding of our music history and heritage, knowledge of the instrument fundamentals, a focus on rhythmic patterns and sound, and a supportive learning environment. As a versatile guitar player, François’s expertise spans across various genres such as jazz, rock, pop, metal, funk and more.