Cédric Dumont (1916–2007)

Conductor/arranger; known as "Mr. Music Man of Switzerland". Born: Charles Frédéric Cédric Dumont-dit-Voitel July 24, 1916 in Hamburg, Germany Died: May 24, 2007 (age 90) in Küsnacht, Zürich, Switzerland. There are 16 Cedric Dumont recordings available. He studied piano, violoncello, composing, and conducting at the Zurich Conservatory. Between 1942 and 1946, he was pianist in the Cabaret Cornichon. After World War II, he worked as an arranger in the Hollywood studios for a while, after which he returned to Switzerland and became a record producer for the Zurich based Jecklin label. Dumont had founded the Unterhaltungsorchester Cédric Dumont in 1946, consisting of twelve musicians; the orchestra built up a repertoire of music of different styles, ranging from entertainment, jazz, and folk tunes to light classical pieces. In 1961, the orchestra was contracted by Radio Beromünster, the main German-language radio station in Switzerland. In 1966, Dumont gave up the musical directorship of his orchestra (he was succeeded by Hans Moeckel) to become Head of Entertainment of Radiostudio Zurich; seven years later, he was appointed director of this radio station. After he was pensioned, he took to writing, publishing books on cookery and wine, as well as biographies of classical composers Schubert and Beethoven. from 'the composer is' site