Jean-Yves Fourmeau is a first-class classical saxophone artist. He learned saxophones from Daniel Deffayet at CNSM , Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et Dance de Paris, and graduated top of the class at the age of only 17, which was unprecedented at the time. He was awarded second prize at the Gap International Saxophone Competition in France (First prize was no applicable). To this date, he maintains an active solo career and has performed with many orchestras across the world. He has been the saxophone soloist for the Berliner Philharmoniker and for the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
He has recorded a total of 14 CDs during his career. As an educator, he has been the professor at Cergy-Pontoise Conservatory. He used to be the professor at Indiana University in the USA from 2000 to 2001. He also gives concerts and master classes actively in Europe, Asia, Canada, the USA and Australia.