Eric Levionnois, cello
After starting cello lessons with Jean Barthe and Marcel Bardon, Eric Levionnois entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris at age 14, where he studied with André Navarra and Philippe Muller.
Following his first prizes, he specialized in chamber music for a few years with the advice of the great pianist Jean Hubeau, in a broad variety of formations, such as sonata, string trio, piano trio, piano quartet, and string quintet. At that time he won the International Competition of the City of Paris.
Eric Levionnois performed with symphonic orchestras as well as string ensembles in a repertoire ranging from baroque to the 20th century. He also took part in interpretation seminars with Mstislav Rostropovich, who had a lasting influence on his musical personality.
After a short period of teaching at the Paris Conservatoire, Eric Levionnois joined the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as its principal cellist.
Accompanied by this orchestra, he performed the main pieces of the repertoire, with conductors such as Marek Janowski, Armin Jordan, and Myung-Whun Chung, with whom he also plays in chamber music.
As an eclectic musician, he plays regularly with accordionist Richard Galliano and his sextet, and performs on the major scenes and festivals in Europe, Russia, Asia, North America and Australia.
He plays a cello made for him by Patrick Robin.