Eric was born in Toulouse, France, where he studied piano and percussion and became known forhis musical abilities at an early age. His varied musical experiences have led him to appreciatemusic of all genres, from Bach and Mozart to jazz and rock. After his studies at the Conservatoiresupérieur de musique de Lyon he became the First Percussionist at l’Opera de Lyon. His passion forthe marimba emerged during this period, as he found a new musical and technical approach to theinstrument. In 1995 he won the Leigh Howard Stevens International Marimba Competition and touredthe USA, performing concerts and conducting masterclasses. Since then he has given recitals inFrance, Europe, and Asia, as well as the USA, gaining recognition as an international artist. Henow serves as Principal Percussionist of the Orchestre de Paris and teaches marimba at theConservatoire de Paris. Specializing in the art of improvisation, his scope of musical interactionsranges from Bach to Cole Porter and from Prokofiev to Edith Piaf. Sammut has also become one of theforemost composers of music for the marimba and actively promotes the instrument throughout Franceand all of Europe.