Christophe Saunière

Eclectic and current

Student of Francis Pierre, who introduced him to contemporary music, he developed a keen interest early on in all forms of live music, as evidenced by his impressive discography.

Christophe Saunière

Christophe has performed with the Paris Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the National Orchestra of Ile de France, the Orchestra of the Paris National Opera, the Toulouse Capitol Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the National Orchestra of Lyon, the National Orchestra of Pays de la Loire, the Bordeaux Aquitaine National Orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Aquitaine Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Republican Guard Orchestra… under the baton of Pierre Boulez, Lorin Maazel, Georg Solti, Carlo Maria Giulini, Georges Prêtre, Daniel Barenboim, Michel Plasson, Valery Gergiev, Guennadi Rojdestvenski, Esa-Pekka Salonen, among other great conductors.

In chamber music, he has notably collaborated with the Debussy Quartet, the Geneva Quartet, the Carpe Diem ensemble, the double bassist Bernard Cazauran, as well as operatic artists José Van Dam, Natalie Dessay, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Anne-Sofie Von Otter, Donna Brown, Julie Fuchs, Élizabeth Vidal, Leontina Vaduva…


He has premiered works by Philippe Leroux, Graciane Finzi, Antoine Tisné, Michael Nyvang, Tôn-Thât Tiêt, Ichiro Nodaïra, Oscar Strasnoy, Régis Campo, Nicolas Frize, André Bon, Francis Courtot, Malika Kishino… with major European contemporary music ensembles (EIC, Ensemble Court-Circuit, Klangforum Wien, ensemble Alternance, L’Itinéraire…).

World Music

In 2001, he founded the duo McIver/Saunière with the Scottish bagpipe player and singer Joanne McIver, performing a repertoire of Joanne McIver's compositions (9 albums released by the Buda Musique label).

He has performed with Breton bassist Alain Genty, Cameroonian singer Erik Aliana, the Tournevire ensemble, oud player Driss El Maloumi, Wasis Diop...


He is also seen on stage or in the studio with pop and jazz artists like Natalie Cole, Nicole Croisille, Catherine Lara, Benjamin Biolay, Sinclair, Emmanuelle Monet, Pierre Perret, Laurent Gerra, Patrick Bruel, Akira Yamaoka, Fred Manoukian, Denis Colin, François Merville, and others.

In 2018, he founded the jazz trio Time Tracks with percussionist Nicolas Martynciow and trombonist Guillaume Cottet-Dumoulin.

He has also contributed to numerous film soundtracks.


He has also played in several French or English punk-rock bands, such as Pegrou, Skarface, BB Doc, Pat Kebra, Wunderbach, Peter and the Test Tube Babies, and The Toy Dolls.

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