Welcome to Eric SAMMUT's class

Eric Sammut was born in Toulouse in 1968 and began his musical studies in 1979 with Michel Ventula. He continued his studies in 1985 with François Dupin and Georges Van Gucht at the Conservatoire National de Musique de Lyon, graduating with the Premier Prix.


Eric Sammut was immediately appointed principal percussionist at the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon. In 1995, Eric won first prize in the Leigh Howard Stevens international marimba competition held in New York which led to a series of recitals and masterclasses throughout the USA. He regularly gives recitals in Europe, Japan and the USA.


Since 1998 Eric has held the post of principal solo timpanist with the Orchestre de Paris. In addition, he is professor of marimba at the CSP de Paris and the CNR de Toulouse. In September 2004 he became Marimba professor at the Royal Academy of London.


Eric has written several pieces for marimba and percussion. In 2001, one of his pieces was commissioned by the Stratford English Music Festival and another one by the Festival de Musique en Bugey.


In October 2002, he gave the world premiere of the Concerto pour marimba et cordes by Jean-Pascal Beintus in Paris with the Orchestre de Paris.


In 2003 he recorded his first CD of marimba solos including his own arrangements of opera arias and French songs.


In 2004 he arranged Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the Symblema Group and recorded it. He is currently preparing a new CD including compositions with string quintet and jazz musicians.








The Marimba and Vibraphone Master Class is one of the master classes within the World Percussion Movement "Summer Academy" 2014, which combines individual and group lectures. The programme of the master class can be partly chosen by participants, soloist repertoire and also music for ensembles or orchestral excerpts, which are part of each audition. There is a huge emphasis on the technique, sound and interpretation. Participants and professor discuss various traditions and styles of playing marimba and set-up.


Date: 18th – 20th July / maximum 14 active participants



LOCATION: Palazzo Marchesale - P.zza Garibaldi - 70029 Santeramo in Colle (BA, Italia)

PRACTICE: daily from 8.30 am to 10.30 pm


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