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Eric Villeminey

Eric Villeminey

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Eric Villeminey start the cello with Michel Marchesini at the age of 7. Then he studied with Etienne Péclard at the Conservatoire National de Région of Bordeaux, where he won the Gold Medal and the Excellence Prize. Meanwhile, he is invited to Paul Tortelier's Master-Class in the Villarceaux Castle. In 1992, he leaves France to study with the cellist Stefan Popov and the Takacs string quartet at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2 years, He won all the school competitions: Elsie Doris Moss Prize, Toussaint Prize, Dorothy Adams chamber music Prize, was Principal cello f the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra and is chosen by the Guidhall School to be the cellist invited to the Manchester Cello Festival. He played in Master-class for Paul Tortelier, Boris Pergamenschikov, Alexander Rudin, the Melos and Borodin quartet and the Beaux-Arts trio. Back to Paris, he became Principal cello of the Orchestre « Pasdeloup », teaching the cello at the Brtish School of Paris. He is a Prizewinner of the Vierzon International Competition and the Henri Sauguet International Competition in France. He is a founder member of the Werther piano trio with which he played more than 150 concerts between 1995 and 2000, and recorded trios from Schumann and the french composer Théodore Gouvy and Benjamin Godard. In chamber music or as soloist, he played in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, U.K, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey. In 2000, he founded and became artistic Director of the « Rencontres Musicales en Hautes-Vosges » in France. He was a member of the Rouen Opera from 2001 to 2009, before joining the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. He has been invited as principal cello with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Opera. He plays a cello made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume in 1840.

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