Emilien began studying percussion at the age of six with Bruno Lemaitre. He subsequently joined the class of Olivier Fiard at the Concervetoire Régional de Rennes with whom he studied until 2002 when he was awarded the ‘Premier Prix’ not only of percussion, but also of chamber music and musical training.
After two years of higher level training with Francis Brana at the École Nationale de Musique, he joined the class of Jean Geoffrey, Phillipe Labadie and Henri-Charles Caget at the Conservatoire National Supérieur Musique et Danse de Lyon. In 2010 he was awarded a Masters degree in Musical Interpretation.
Passionate about orchestral music, he has collaborated regularly with many French orchestras, including the Orchestre de Bretagne, Orchestre national de Lyon, Opéra national de Lyon, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre national de France, and Orchestre de l’Opéra de Marseille.
After becoming the principle percussionist with the Orchestre Symphonique de Saint-Etienne, he joined the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, first as principle percussionist (2009) and then as principal timpanist (2014).
He is also very interested in chamber music, and was a founding member of contemporary music percussion trio ‘Achronik’.
Since 2010, he has taught at the ‘Pole Supérieur de Toulouse’.
Copyright photo © Florence Fourcassie