Eric Sammut began his musical education by studying piano, and later attended percussion classes with Michel Ventula at the National Regional Conservatory (NRC) in Toulouse. In 1989, the same year that he received a unanimous First Prize as a student of Francois Dupin and Georges Van Gucht, Eric Sammut became principal percussionist with the Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon.
In 1995, after receiving the First National Marimba Prize of New York, he undertook a recital tour and gave masterclasses in the United States, Europe and Asia. He began teaching marimba in Toulouse in 1995, as well as at the NRC in Paris and the Royal Academy of Music in London and Glasgow, in addition to being principal percussionist with the Orchestre de Paris. Since 1994, he has composed a number of pieces for marimba solo and ensembles published in France, the United States, Norway and Japan.
After participating in numerous CD and video productions with the Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse, Orchestre National de l'Opera de Lyon and Orchestre de Paris, he produced the CD Four-Mallet Ballet - an album for solo marimba in 2005. A new CD, Mirages, was realized in 2008 with musicians Philippe Berrod, Eric Echampard and David Patrois and the String Quintet of the Orchestre de Paris.
Sugaria by Eric Sammut is a concerto for Solo Marimba, with 3 percussions, string orchestra, and 1 double bass with amplifier. This is the complete score of the original work. This is great for study and conducting use. Sugaria received its premier in Paris, France in April 2007.
Sugaria by Eric Sammut is a concerto for Solo Marimba, with 3 percussions, string orchestra, and 1 double bass with amplifier. This version of the piece is scored for marimba with piano (reduction) and comes complete with the marimba part and piano score. This part is designed to be used in conjunction with the percussion and double bass parts...
Eric Sammut has arranged three charming movement’s from Bizet’s famous opera. Each movement has it’s own character but with a hint of Sammut’s well known style. Selections include: Chanson Boheme, Entract to Act II, and Prelude to Act I. 5.0 octave marimba required.
One of the most beautiful and romantic of Chopin’s piano solos. He was only 20 years old when he composed it but his style is already present. Sammut has adapted this beautiful work for 5.0 octave marimba and it makes an exciting program addition or encore for any recital.