Biography

A committed and versatile artist, Eric Crambes is involved in a large range of musical activities.

A tireless traveller and instigator of performances in the most unlikely of places, his concerts take him from Shintoist temples in remote areas of Japan and schools in the Venezuelan forest, to the grandest concert halls in the major capitals of the world. Eric Crambes works both as a solo artist and with orchestras in France, America (where he made his début at the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York) and throughout Europe and Asia.

Pleased to have the opportunity to broaden the range of his musical experience, he holds the position of concertmaster with a range of different orchestras and is regularly invited to perform by leading European concert houses: the Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, the Toscanini Orchestra in Parma, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam, the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra…
In France, he works in collaboration with the Toulouse Capitole Orchestra, the Ensemble Orchestral of Paris, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lorraine National Orchestra and the Marseille Opera.
In Spain, Eric Crambes has formed a special relationship with the Las Palmas Philharmonic Orchestra, the Seville Royal Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra where he was principal guest concertmaster for many years.
Playing at the heart of these prestigious orchestras, he has had the opportunity to work with some of the leading conductors of the world, such as Muti, Sawallich, Gergiev, Plasson, Prêtre, Chung, Herbig, Lopez Coboz….

Chamber Music is something which is very important to him and the festivals and concerts to which he is invited allow him to share his passion with other artists such as Gérard Poulet, Akiko Suwanai, Bruno Pasquier, Henri Demarquette, Xavier Gagnepain, Christian Zacharias, Pascal Godart, Michel Dalberto, Hortense Cartier Bresson, Alexandre Tharaud, the Parisii and Psophos string quartets…

He also involves himself in the production and recording of many contemporary works with the Ensemble 2e2m of which he has been a member since 1999.

Eric Crambes also has the privilege of regularly sharing the stage with principal dancers
of the New York City Ballet in performances linking music with dance, in both America as well as Europe.

He is Artistic Director of both the festival at Aubenas Vals-les-Bains (France) “Opus” which he created in 2002, and since 2005 the Festival des Arcs.

In September 2006 Eric Crambes was appointed to teach at the Liceo Superior Conservatory of Music, Barcelona.

A winner of the New York ‘International Artists’ competition, the Maurice Ravel prize and the Festival des Arcs competition in 1996, Eric Crambes started learning the violin at the age of six with the Suzuki method. He continued his musical studies in London where, thanks to a scholarship from the Foundation of France, he attended the Yehudi Menuhin School. His musical studies then lead him to the Ecole Supérieure des Archets in Sion (Switzerland) where he worked with Tibor Varga. He then attended the Juilliard School in New York where he lods a Master Degree studying the violin with Dorothy Delay, chamber music with the Juilliard Quartet and orchestra direction with Allan Kay. For two years he was Dorothy Delay’s teaching assistant for the Juilliard School’s “Pre-College Division”. At the same time he achieved a 3rd cycle in both chamber music and violin from the National Superior Conservatory in Lyon and benefited from the enlightened advice of the likes of Gérard Poulet and Roland Daugareil. His studies were made possible by the support he received from the organisation « Lyon Entreprises Virtuouses ».



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