Lives and works in Paris, France
Eric Montalbetti started composition at the age of 11, while studying piano and organ.
Following the courses by Pierre Boulez, Robert Piencikowski and Andrew Gerszo at Ircam and at the Collège de France in the late 1980's, he was laureate of the first competition organized by Sacem and the Menuhin foundation in 1990 for his solo violin sonata.
He completed his studies attending the lectures of Alain Bancquart, Paul Méfano and Michael Levinas at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, and at Centre Acanthes during the Festival d'Avignon with George Benjamin, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury and Tristan Murail.
For many years, Eric Montalbetti, also the Artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1996 to 2014, kept his music secret, composing for himself like his personal diary.
A first orchestral piece "Vaste champ temporel à vivre joyeusement" has been premiered in 2015 by Pascal Rophé and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, and also performed in Japan by Yasuaki Itakura and the Tokyo Sinfonietta.
Violinist Hae-sun Kang and the members of the Ensemble DAI Contemporain have also performed two pieces for piano & strings trio in Spain in July 2015.
Soloists François-Frédéric Guy (piano), Tedi Papavrami (violin), Marc Coppey (cello), Nicolas Baldeyrou (clarinet), Jean-Louis Capezzali (oboe) and David Guerrier (horn) have recorded his various works for solo instruments, now released on CD by Alpha Classics.
In early 2017, Eric completed two new scores :
- Psalterium, a commission of Vocello for Henri Demarquette (cello), choir Sequenza 9.3 and conductor Catherine Simonpietri,
- and Eclair physionomique (Physiognomic lightning), a symphonic fantasy after Paul Klee commissioned by the Monte Carlo Festival du Printemps des Arts, to be premiered on 24 March 2018 by the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo and its new music director Kazuki Yamada.
Eric is now working on a new Flute concerto for Emmanuel Pahud, a commission of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Jonathan Nott to be premiered in Geneva on May 2019.
A member of SACEM and Forum Ircam, Eric Montalbetti is published by Durand (Universal Music Publishing Classical).
Besides his composing activities, Eric is also the President of the consulting & production company ALLEGRETTO (allegrettosas.com). Graduated of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) in 1990, Eric Montalbetti has worked for the French Ministry of Culture, before founding and being the Chief executive of the Association of French Orchestras, and was the Artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France from 1996 to 2014. He also took part in the Artistic committees of Messiaen2008, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Music, and the New York Kravis Prize, and is a member of the jury of the NCPA Young Composers Program in Beijing.