Alain Meunier

French cellist (Paris, 1942 - )

A particularly talented cellist, Alain Meunier joined the Conservatoire de Paris shortly after he started learning the instrument. Passionate about musical creation, he is the author of many works for solo cello or cello and orchestra.

Alain Meunier entered the Conservatoire at the age of 13 under the supervision of Maurice Maréchal and Joseph Calvet. Three years later, he received his prizes for chamber music, cello, and musical aesthetics.

From 1964, he participated in the Academia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, first as a cellist, then as a teacher. Alain Meunier contributed to the creation of Ensemble 2E2M, but also composed many contemporary works (Marcel Mihalovici, Maurice Ohana, Franco Donatoni, François-Bernard Mache). In the 80’s he became head of the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, initially based in Evian. In addition to directing the Festival d'Entrecasteaux, Alain Meunier co-founded the Naples’ International Weeks, the Encounters Asolani and the Chamber Music Seminars in Sylvanès Abbey.

Six landmark dates in the life of Alain Meunier: 

1979: Taught cello at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon
1982: Became artistic director for the Festival de Musique de Chambre in Entrecasteaux (France)
1982: Creation of the Ivaldi Quartet, which Alain Meunier has been a member from the beginning
1989: Taught cello at the Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse in Paris
1994: Recorded the Bach Suites for the cello
2013: The complete Beethoven cello sonatas edited by Maguelone 

Biography from Radio France’s Musical Documentation, November 2013