Child prodigy, Florent Boffard entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of twelve and studied there with Yvonne Loriod. In 1982, he won the « Claude Kahn » International Piano Competition in Paris, followed in 1983 by the Vianna da Motta Piano International Competition in Lisbon.
From 1988 to 1999, Florent Boffard was soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain where he worked with today’s most prominent composers including Boulez, Donatoni, Ligeti…
He has performed with numerous orchestras under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle, David Robertson… In recital and chamber music, Florent Boffard played at prestigious festivals in Paris, Frankfurt, Salzburg, Berlin, Aldeburgh, Bastad, Bath, Brussels, Kuhmo, Aspen.
Florent Boffard recorded a number of CDs such as Boulez’s Structures for two pianos with Pierre-Laurent Aimard (DG), Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IV (DG), Bartok’s 2nd Violin and piano Sonata with Isabelle Faust (Harmonia Mundi) and a solo Album dedicated to Piano studies by Debussy and Bartok (Harmonia Mundi).
His recent CD-DVD dedicated to Schoenberg’s Piano works has been released for Mirare, it received « 5 Diapasons » and an « Editor’s choice » from Gramophone magazine. In 2014, he recorded the World Premiere of Johannes Boris Borowski’s Piano Concerto with the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester for Wergo.
In 2001, Florent Boffard received the Belmont Prize from the Forberg-Schneider Foundation (Munich) for his commitment to contemporary music. He teached at the Musikhochschule in Stuttgart and at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Lyon. Since 2016, he has been appointed professor at the National Superior Conservatory of Music in Paris.
« This pianist is a cat whose flexibility, the speed of the movements from one end to the other, leave nothing to be desired : it would be nothing if this absence of inertia was accompanied by a coloring and ideal polyphonic clarity » Le Monde
« The playing of Florent Boffard always very controlled and looking for the density of each chords is more carnal and almost liquid. This piano breathes! » Anaclase