Nicolas Bacri starts the piano at the age of 7, completing its training with the study of harmonie, counterpoint, musical analysis and composition with Françoise Gangloff-Levéchin & Christian Manen, and, from 1979, with Louis Saguer. In 1980, he enters the Paris Conservatoire (CNSMDP) where he receives teaching from Claude Ballif, Marius Constant, Serge Nigg & Michel Philippot. He leaves the Conservatoire with the Composition First Prize in 1983 and becomes, for two years, the Villa Médicis resident. He also studied technique and orchestra conducting with Jean Catoire and particated in masterclasses with Franco Donatoni & Brian Ferneyhough (launched by the Paris Conservatoire in 1983) and received advice from Gilbert Amy, Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux & Emmanuel Nunes.
In 1987, he becomes Radio France Chamber Music Artistic Delegate. In 1991 he leaves his position to focus on composition, becoming resident at the Casa de Velasquez (until 1993). Supported by the Fondation d'entreprise du Crédit National from 1993 until 1996, he settles at La Préé (Indre) between 1993 and 1999 following the Pour Que l'Esprit Vive association's invitation and wins many prizes such as the Académie du disque Grand Prix 1993 and many SACEM & Académie des Beaux-Arts prizes for his works.
He is the first composer to be invited by the Orchestre Symphonique Français, and was nominated as a resident composer at the Orchestre de Picardie by Louis Langrée. From 2005 until 2011, he taught orchestration at Genève HES (Haute école de musique). Associated to the Ensemble orchestral de Paris (2009-11) as a composer and in residence at the Festival des forêts (2010-12), he lives in Belgium since 2007.
Throughout France and the world, Nicolas Bacri's work has been presented: in Germany, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Korea, Danemark, Spain, Finland, Great-Britain, Greece, India, Island, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland, United States of America ...
« His early works, which culminate with the First Symphony (1983-4), dedicated to Elliott Carter, are rooted in a constructivist post-Webernian aesthetic. Later compositions, beginning with the Cello Concerto (1985/87, dedicated to Henri Dutilleux), draw on the melodic continuity displaced by the predominant aesthetic of the postwar period. This change of style has placed Bacri in the musical aesthetic of his time, where a spirit of reconciliation prevails » (Philippe Michel, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, édition 2001).
In September 2013, Nicolas Bacri performed at the head of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Château de Versailles Royal Opera with its work A DAY. But its conductor's activity had already started with the Radio France recording of Esquisses pour un Tombeau with Toulouse National Chamber Music Orchestra 30 years ago. Nicolas Bacri's programs define themselves as part of his evolution (towards the communication & clarity of the musical message) as a composer, and are aimed at as contemporary music accessible to all music lovers.