Eric-Maria Couturier

Cello

Studied at (CNSMDP), where he studied under Roland Pidoux (cello), Jean Moullière, Christian Ivaldi, Ami Flammer (chamber music) and Patrick Moutal (Indian music). In Italy, he won First Prize and the Romantic Music Prize at Trapani, Second Prize in Trieste and Third Prize in Florence with the pianist Laurent Wagschal. He also studied with the cellist Igor Gavrich, the singer Jorge Chamine and the piano player Marie-Françoise Bucquet. At the age of 23, he joined the Orchestre de Paris, and then became Leading Solo Cellist with the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine. An eclectic performer, Éric-Maria Couturier has dedicated himself to classical music and research in new modes of musical expression. He has been a member of the Ensemble intercontemprain since 2002. He has worked with visual artist and electronic performer Erikm, Jazz singer David Linx, and has performed alongside Maurizio Pollini, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Shani Diluka, Leon Fleischer, Christian Ivaldi, and Jean-Claude Pennetier. Since 2007, he has been working with the dancer Richard Siegal. In 2008, he spent some time in Japan with the director Massa Eguchi shooting the documentary Goendama about the therapeutic power of the cello. Eric-Maria Couturier is also a member of the octet “Les violoncelles français.” He plays a Franck Ravatin 2008 cello.