The soloists of the Ensemble intercontemporain
Eric-Maria Couturier

At the age of 18, Éric-Maria Couturier entered the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) in first place in Roland Pidoux's class, where he received the highest honors in cello and a masters in chamber music in Christian Ivaldi's class.
He was awarded First Prize and the Special Prize in the Trapani competition, Second Prize in Trieste and Third Prize of Florence along with pianist Laurent Wagschal with whom he recorded an album devoted to French music in the early 20th century.
At 23, he joined the Paris Orchestra then became first chair soloist with the Bordeaux National Orchestra. Since 2002, he has been a soloist with the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Eric-Maria Couturier has played for the greatest conductors of our day, including Solti, Sawallisch, Giulini, Mazel and Boulez.
Member of trio Talweg, he is a soloist in the cello concertos of Haydn, Dvorak, Eötvös and Kurtág. His experience with chamber music has been enriched by playing with pianists such as Maurizio Pollini, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Shani Diluka.
In the realm of improvisation, he plays with jazz singer David Linx, DJ ErikM, singer Laika Fatien and double bass player Jean-Philippe Viret with whom he recorded his latest album in quartet.
He has also recorded an album with the octet Les Violoncelles Français for the label Mirare. He plays on a Frank Ravatin cello.