Eric Montalbetti

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If Eric Montalbetti long kept his music secret, he now enjoys that his scores are coming to life and reach audiences thanks to wonderful performers.

In 2019, he was invited by Lars Vogt as Composer in residence of the Spannungen festival, where Christian Tetzlaff gave the world premiere of a Duo for violin & piano with Alexander Vorontsov and the German premiere of an earlier Sonata for solo violin, while three other works were also played by Viola Wilmsen, Kiveli Doerken and Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen. 

In the same year, Emmanuel Pahud premiered the flute concerto Memento vivere with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande & Jonathan Nott in Geneva, Lugano & Paris (La Seine Musicale), Les Dissonances a String Quartet, and Pierre Génisson & Delphine Haidan Hommage à Matisse on the painter’s 150th anniversary.

Besides, François-Frédéric Guy gave 3 studies after Kandinsky in Korea (following its world premiere in 2018 at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw), Tedi Papavrami was invited to play the violin Sonata during the festival de Radio France in Montpellier, and the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra played Vaste champ temporel à vivre joyeusement in the George Enescu festival.

Radios NHK in Japan and France Musique also broadcasted Éclair physionomique, a large symphonic fantasy after Paul Klee premiered the year before by the Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra and Kazuki Yamada.

In 2020, the Lemanic Modern Ensemble and Pierre Bleuse have commissioned Fenêtres simultanées sur la ville, a sinfonietta for 18 musicians inspired by painters Sonia & Robert Delaunay, also co-commissioned by the Tokyo Sinfonietta and Yasuaki Itakura who have presented a portrait of the composer in Tokyo in July 2020.

Emmanuel Pahud has also premiere Memento Emmanuaile for solo flute in the Wiener Konzerthaus in October 2020 and will give its German premiere in March 2021 in the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.

Also in 2021, Ouverture philharmonique will be first performed by Mikko Franck & Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, a co-commission of the Gürzenich Orchester Köln & François-Xavier Roth. 

Eric started composition at the age of 11, while studying piano and organ. He followed the courses by Pierre Boulez, Robert Piencikowski and Andrew Gerszo at Ircam and Collège de France, and studied with composers Alain Bancquart, George Benjamin, Michael Levinas, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury, Paul Méfano and Tristan Murail. 

From 1996 to 2014, he was the Artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and chose to compose for himself like a personal diary. 

Since 2015, his music is published by Durand. A few other scores published by Allegretto are also available on BabelScores. 

Following a first CD album of Solos - A personal diary in music, Alpha Classics has released in 2020 a new album of “Chamber music - Harmonieuses Dissonances”.

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Featured Pieces

Ordered by year. Most recent works appears first

Solo Instrument


3 Postludes pour piano (2017)
Ludes pour les jeunes pianistes (2017)
Cinq Formants pour clarinette seule (2017)
Esprit tendre pour hautbois (2017)
Prière de l'ange gardien pour cor (2017)
Un herbier pour la vie pour violoncelle (2017)
Trois études pour les jeunes pianistes (2017)
3 Postludes pour piano (2017)
Cinq Formants pour clarinette seule (2017)
Esprit tendre pour hautbois (2017)
Ludes pour les jeunes pianistes (2017)
Prière de l'ange gardien pour cor (2017)
Trois études pour les jeunes pianistes (2017)
Un herbier pour la vie pour violoncelle (2017)