Following his unanimous gold medal for cello at the CNR de Marseille under G. Teulières, Yannick Callier continued his musical studies at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève with G. Fallot then D. Grosgurin, where he obtained the virtuosity prize and the Albert Lullin cello prize as well as certification in Chamber Music, Analysis and String Quartet. From 1990 to 2005, he was a member of Quatuor Debussy with which he obtained numerous prizes: finalist in Munich in 1991, 1st prize FNAPEC in 1992, Antonio Scontrino special prize in Trapani (Italy), 1st grand prize in Évian in 1993, “best chamber music ensemble” at the 3rd Victoires de la Musique Classique in 1996, Victoire de la Musique for best DVD in 2006. During this period rich in music (90 concerts per year at the biggest festivals in France and abroad, 15 recordings including 6 for the complete Shostakovich String Quartets), in addition to his activities as a chamber musician, Yannick Callier also devotes himself to teaching string quartet and chamber music at the CNSMD de Lyon and at chamber music sessions. His artistic universe also opens up to other arts: theatre, painting, dance and gastronomy.
In 2005, he chose to leave the Quatuor Debussy to devote himself to teaching chamber music (CRR de Lyon and Toulon), orchestral practice (solo cello at the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie) and continued to devote himself to chamber music, notably within the “Musiciens d’Hêlios” and the Lyon trio. In 2011, he left the Orchestre des Pays de Savoie and joined the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional in Lyon as a chamber music teacher as well as the CNSMD as a chamber music educational advisor as part of the music teacher training programme. His passion for concerts and “musical encounters” continues to develop within various chamber music groups and as an orchestral musician (Operas of Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Avignon, Toulouse, Geneva Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse).
Since February 2018, he has been appointed professor of chamber music at the CRR de Nice. In September 2019, he joined the isdaT as a chamber music teacher.