An “ADAMI Classical Discovery” at the 2000 MIDEM in Cannes and winner of a three-year grant from the Natexis Foundation, Nicolas Dautricourt also won the first grand prize of the Henry Sauguet International Competition in 1998, the Parkhouse Award of London, and was a prize-winner in both the Rodolfo Lipizer and Giovanni Battista Viotti international competitions. In 2001, he was a finalist in the International Competition of Belgrade and in the Henryk Wieniawski International Competition in Poznan.
Nicolas Dautricourt has performed in some of the most prestigious venues in France (such as the Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Cité de la Musique, Opéra du Rhin, and the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux) and around the world (such as Wigmore Hall in London, Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Téatro National in Belém, Modern Art Museum in Copenhagen, Israel, USA, Japan…). He has also been invited to numerous artistic events in his country such as the MIDEM in Cannes, Deauville Easter Festival, Festival des Arcs, La Roque d’Anthéron, Festival du Périgord Noir, Festival d’Auvers-sur-Oise, and Musique à L’Emperi, and international festivals such as Ravinia in the USA, SINTRA in Portugal, and TELC in the Czech Republic. He has performed as soloist with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, the Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pays de Savoie Orchestra, the Auvergne Orchestra, and the Young Artists Orchestra of Ile de France under the direction of Roland Pidoux, Mark Foster, Arie Van Beek and Dejan Savic.
Particularly appreciated for his “sensitive and passionate engagement”, Nicolas Dautricourt has a penchant for chamber music that he enjoys playing with the likes of Augustin Dumay, Pascal Moraguès, Gilbert Kalish, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Michel Dalberto, Yakov Kasman, Nicholas Angelich, Huseyin Sermet, Andras Adorjan, the Psophos Quartet and the Wanderer Trio.
Nicolas Dautricourt has studied with prestigious masters such as Philipp Hirschhorn, Tibor Varga, Miriam Fried, Hermann Krebbers and participated in master classes of the Borodin Quartet and Hagen Quartet.
In 1993, at the age of sixteen, Nicolas Dautricourt entered the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) where he was later awarded first prize with top ranking and distinction for violin in Jean-Jacques Kantorow’s class, and first prize for chamber music with the Kinsky String Quartet in Jean Moullière’s class. He went on to win first prize in the advanced violin class and first prize in composition under Isabelle Duha at the Issy-les- Moulineaux Conservatory.
Nicolas Dautricourt currently plays a magnificent 1828 Joannes Fransiscus Pressenda violin. Nicolas Dautricourt has made several critically acclaimed recordings: Chausson’s Concert and Mendelssohn’s Double Concerto with Laurent Wagschal and the Orchestra of Auvergne conducted by Arie van Beek, for Calliope (5 Diapasons and 4 stars in Le Monde de la Musique)