A distinguished French cellist and composer, Franchomme began his professional music education at the Lille Conservatory and continued at the Paris Conservatoire where Franchomme won the premier prix during his first year of study. After a successful solo career Franchomme was appointed solo cellist of the Royal Chapel. Franchomme established the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. In 1846 Franchomme assumed professorship at the Paris Conservatoire. Franchomme was a very well known chamber musician frequently appearing with Alard Quartet. Franchomme established a very close friendship with Mendelssohn and also played with his friend, Chopin, Grand Duo Concertante. Chopin’s Cello Sonata is dedicated to Franchomme.