Cédric Dumont

Born: July 24th, 1916, Hamburg (Germany)
Died: May 24th, 2007, Küsnacht (Switzerland)
Nationality: Swiss

Cédric Dumont (in full: Charles Frédéric Cédric Dumont-dit-Voitel) 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.

Cédric Dumont conducted two Swiss Eurovision Song Contest entries. In 1960, he accompanied Anita Traversi to London, where she sang ‘Cielo e terra’, which reached an eight position. Two years later, in Luxembourg, Dumont conducted the orchestra for Jean Philippe, who, with the song ‘Le retour’, came tenth. On both occasions, Dumont had written the arrangement himself.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Cédric Dumont will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1960: Cielo e terra
1962: Le retour