Born in the Auvergne region of France, Éric Perrier discovered the clarinet at an early age, playing in a wind band. He went on to pursue his musical studies at the Conservatoire de Région de Lyon, winning gold medals in clarinet, chamber music and composition (harmony, counterpoint, fugue).
After obtaining a degree in musicology from the University of Lyon, he went on to perfect his skills with clarinettist Thomas Friedli at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève, where he was awarded a Premier Prix de Virtuosité.
In the same year, he was awarded the Diplôme d'Etat de clarinette, and continued his pedagogical training at the CNSM de Paris under Pierre-Yves Artaud and Claude Delangle, obtaining his Certificat d'Aptitude de clarinette in 1993.
He currently teaches clarinet and chamber music at the École Supérieure Musique et Danse Nord-de-France and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Lille.
He is a regular guest at festivals, workshops, master classes and juries in France and abroad, and plays an active role in the musical life of the Hauts-de-France region (Orchestre Symphonique de Douai, Festival Les Inouïes, Association Chambre à Part, Ensemble de clarinettes Borée...).
His passion for chamber music led him to found the Duo Sauguet (with pianist Isabelle Hennrich), which has won top awards at international chamber music competitions (Martigues, Guérande, UFAM) and participated in several recordings.
Collection director at Billaudot Editions, he contributes to expanding the repertoire of his instrument, notably by collaborating with composers such as Gilles Martin, with whom he has written an innovative clarinet method Clarinette, en scène! to be released in September 2019.