Edouard Macarez began playing the double bass at the age of 10 with Jean-Loup Dehant, a teacher at the Conservatoire de Douai, before starting in Thierry Barbé’s class at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in 2006. In 2009 he was unanimously awarded first prize with congratulations from the jury. In 2011, Edouard decided to further improve his skill in Germany with Niek de Groet, former soloist of the Royal Concergebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Edouard received awards at several national and international competitions: 1st Prize for three consecutive years in competitions organised by the Association des Contrebassistes de France in 2003, 2004 and 2005 in Paris, Lyon and Béziers, 1st Prize in the Concours de Cordes d’Epernay in 2006, 1st Prize in the ‘International Paris Bass’competition in 2008 and 1st Prize in 2009 in the ‘Scottish International Competition’in Glasgow.
He has played in many recitals notably in Paris, in the grand auditorium of the Glasgow Royal College, in the Horshcule auditorium in Berlin during Berlin Bass 2010, in Dusseldorf, Essen, etc. He played as a soloist, with an orchestra, with the Royal College of Glasgow Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Baltic Chamber Orchestra.
Passionate about orchestras, Edouard joined the Orchestre National de Lille at the age of 19 before securing a position as a soloist with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France three years later.