After first prizes at the National Music Conservatory in Paris and the 1965 Munich International Competition, Bruno Pasquier was engaged as soloist with the Orchestra of the Opéra de Paris, then the Orchestre National de France where he remained until 1990. But his solo career—launched in 1972 when Lorin Maazel chose him as guest soloist for a tour of the Orchestre National de France in Japan—has led him to perform throughout the world. He has played alongside Maurice Gendron, Nadia Boulanger, Salvatore Accardo, Leonard Rose, Paul Tortelier, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Gérard Poulet,Yehudi Menuhin, Christophe Henkel, Josef Suk and Isaac Stern.
Since 1983, he has been assistant- and now full-professor of viola and chamber music at the National Music Conservatory in Paris, while also devoting a considerable portion of his time to master-classes throughout the world. He has recorded extensively and recently won a ‘Victoire de la Musique’ for a recording of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Liège and the French Community under the direction of Pierre Bartholomée.
He plays a magnificent viola by Paolo Maggini (early 17th century) that he was able to obtain thanks to the great instrument maker Étienne Vatelot, a lifelong friend.