Encouraged by his parents, the French cellist Vincent Ségal entered the Conservatoire de Reims, his home town, at a very young age. A brilliant student, in the mid-1980s he received a scholarship from the Banff School of Fine Arts. During a trip to the United States, Ségal was exposed to hip-hop, reggae and a number of other musical genres. At the end of the 1990s, he teamed up with drummer Cyril Atef to form the duo Bumcello. In addition, in 2002 he recorded T-Bone Guarnerius, an album of duos. In demand as an accompanist, Ségal has worked with M., Elvis Costello and Dick Annegarn, among other musical greats. In 2009, he recorded the album Chamber Music with the Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko.