Eric Montalbetti started composition at the age of 11, while studying piano and organ. Following the courses by Boulez and Piencikowski at Ircam and Collège de France in the late 1980's, he was laureate of the Sacem and Menuhin foundation competition in 1990 for his violin sonata.
He completed his studies attending the lectures of Bancquart, Méfano and Levinas at the Conservatoire de Paris, and masterclasses with Benjamin, Lindberg, Manoury and Murail.
For many years, Montalbetti, also the Artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1996 to 2014, kept his music secret.
A first orchestral work "Vaste champ temporel à vivre joyeusement" has been premiered in 2015 by Pascal Rophé and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and in Japan by Yasuaki Itakura and the Tokyo Sinfonietta.
Soloists T.Papavrami, M.Coppey, FF.Guy, N.Baldeyrou, JL.Capezzali and D.Guerrier have recorded the album "Solos - A personal diary in music" now released on Alpha Classics.
Hae-sun Kang and Ensemble DAI Contemporain performed a Trio in Spain in July 2015, and violinist David Grimal gave the first public performance of a Sonata for solo violin in summer 2016.
Eric's next composition, a commission of Vocello for choir and cello, will be premiered in Festival Polignac on July 18, 2017.
Eclair physionomique, a symphonic fantasy after Paul Klee commissioned by the Monte Carlo Festival du Printemps des Arts, will be premiered on 24 March 2018.
Eric Montalbetti's music is published by Durand (Universal Music Publishing Classical).