Born in Nice, France in 1986, Lionel Bringuier began his musical studies at the Academy of Nice at the age of five and gave his first cello recital before the Countess of Paris at the age of nine. At thirteen, he was admitted to the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (C.N.S.M.) in the cello class of Philippe Muller and furthered his academic work in chamber music, choral singing and jazz studies. In 2000, he began his conducting studies at the C.N.S.M. in Paris under the tutelage of Zsolt Nagy. He has also participated in masterclasses with Peter Eötvös and Janos Fürst.
In June 2004, he obtained from the C.N.S.M. de Paris his diploma in cello with "Mention Très Bien à l'unanimité" as well as a "Mention Très Bien à l'unanimité" in conducting. Other distinctions include the “Médaille d’or à l’unanimité avec les felicitations du jury à l’Académie Prince Rainier III de Monaco”, the “médaille d’or” from the Lord Mayor of Nice as well as first prize in a competition organized by the Janacek Philharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava. Mr. Bringuier is also a prizewinner of the Swiss Foundation Langart and the Cziffra Foundation.