Eric Montalbetti 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 at the Collège de France.
Laureate of the Sacem and Menuhin foundations in 1990 for his solo violin sonata, he completed his studies with Alain Bancquart, Paul Méfano and Michael Levinas as an auditor at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris from 1990 to 1993.
A member of Forum Ircam since its foundation in 1993, using the Patchwork and OpenMusic softwares, he also worked at Centre Acanthes with George Benjamin, Magnus Lindberg, Philippe Manoury and Tristan Murail.
From 1996 to 2014, Eric Montalbetti was the Artistic director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. During these years, he chose to keep his music secret, composing for himself like his personal diary. He composed over these years many works for various solo instruments, chamber music, music for instrumental ensemble, for choir a cappella as well as for orchestra.
A first orchestral piece Vaste champ temporel à vivre joyeusement has been premiered by Pascal Rophé and Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire in March 2015, and in Japan with the Tokyo Sinfonietta under Yasuaki Ikatura in July 2015.
Composition suprématiste and Formes uniques de la continuité dans l’espace for violin, cello & piano has also been premiered by violinist Hae-Sun Kang and the members of Ensemble DAI Contemporain in the festival of Toroella de Montgri in Spain in 2015.
Soloists François-Frédéric Guy (piano), Marc Coppey (cello), Tedi Papavrami (violin), Nicolas Baldeyrou (clarinet), Jean-Louis Capezzali (oboe) and David Guerrier (horn) have recorded various works for solo instruments on a CD which has been released in the autumn 2016 by Alpha Classics.
A new orchestral piece Éclair physionomique (Physiognomic lightning), a commission of Festival du Printemps des Arts in Monte Carlo, will be premiered in April 2018.
In 2019, Emmanuel Pahud will premiere the Concerto for flute and orchestra, a commission of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Jonathan Nott, and Les Dissonances will premiere a String Quartet commissioned by the festival Les Musicales de Colmar.