Holder of the DESM at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Musique et Danse de Lyon, Alain Billard has been a member of the Ensemble intercontemporain since 1995 as a bass clarinet (also playing clarinet, basset horn and bass clarinet). Internationally recognized soloist, he has collaborated with many composers from the 20th century to the present, including Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Philippe Manoury, Michael Jarrell, Pascal Dusapin, Bruno Mantovani and Yann Robin. Regularly invited as a soloist by major national and international orchestras, he creates and records many works including Lisa Lim’s Machine for Contacting the Dead (2001), Génération (2002), Triple concerto for three clarinets by Jean-Louis Agobet, Mit Ausdruck (2003), Concerto for bass clarinet and orchestra by Bruno Mantovani, Décombres by Raphael Cendo (2007), Art of Metal I, II, III (2007-2008) for double bass clarinet, ensemble and electronics by Yann Robin, Del reflejo de the sombra (2010) by Alberto Posadas with the quartet Diotima and La Grammatica del soffio (2011) by Matteo Franceschini.
Founding member of the Nocturne Wind Quintet, with which he won a first Prize in Chamber Music at the Conservatoire de Lyon, the second Prize of the International Competition of the ARD Munich and the Chamber Music Prize of Osaka (Japan), with the help of Odile Auboin (viola) and Hidéki Nagano (piano), he creates the Trio Modulations, to which composers Marco Stroppa, Bruno Mantovani and Philippe Schoeller have already dedicated new works. Alain Billard is very active in the field of research and development of new instrumental techniques. He regularly collaborates with Ircam and the Selmer manufacture. His active participation in the Ensemble’s educational activities, aimed at young audiences and future music professionals, testifies to his deep commitment to transmission in all its forms.