Composer & Musician
Eric BETTENS (www.eric-bettens.com), a musician and multi internationally awarded composer, is a true music lover. A subtle blend of electronic and acoustic sounds sometimes embellished by sounds captured in nature, the works he composes not only bring the admiration of the public and professionals alike, but have also won him numerous awards.
In 2001, the musical career of Eric BETTENS really began when Luc BAIWIR convinced him to present NYDHIS - a composition in three parts - at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures in Antibes France. The jury awarded him the François de Roubaix prize, the highest award of the festival.
Eric's style both asserted itself and seduced listeners. From 2002, orders for his work flowed in constantly. In just a few years, he composed the music for over sixty films and documentaries, music for theater, music for dance shows, including several compositions the were awarded at international festivals (Antibes, Marseille, Strasbourg, Moscow, Istanbul, Singapore, Manila and Hollywood).
He also took part in the evaluation of several music software programmes.
During the 2010 season, he composed YVAIN, LE CHEVALIER LION, opera for choir, big orchestra, three soloists and narrator with libretto by Marc RONVAUX, adapted from the novel by Chrétien de Troyes. This work was nominated in November 2011 in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The same year, Eric was also in Antarctica with Michael AW for the Elysium Shackleton Antarctic Visual Epic Expedition. During this fabulous trip, he wrote the music for the film made there, drawing inspiration from the sumptuous landscapes of ice and sensations he had never before experienced.
Increasingly, Eric Bettens is requested to perform concerts for his score "Sounds and Lights" in which the video is always important. Depending on the project, it is sometimes accompanied by dancers, musicians or a symphony orchestra.
Besides music dedicated to pictures, Eric performed more personal songs, included 4 CDs: DISCOVERY (2006), ENTRE TERRE ET MER (2009), EMPREINTE (2012), and ANTARCTIC ODYSSEY (2014). His fifth album is in preparation and will be released before the end of this year.