More than a percussionist Philippe Spiesser is an atypical and enthralling musician. Born in 1971 in France, and coming from a family of musicians, he studied percussion at the Strasbourg Superior Conservatory of Music. Winner of the European Competition for Young Talents in 1997, he is always travelling and searching for new experiences and meetings with creators from all artistic origins such as dance, theatre, image and electronic sounds.
Polymorphous musician, he performs throughout the world as a soloist and as a chamber musician in numerous international festivals like Electronic Music Week in Shanghaï, Percussion Festival in Beijing, Musicá in Lima, Arte Scienza and RomaEuropa in Rome, Ars Musica in Bruxelles, Musica in Strasbourg, Présences in Paris, Ritmo Vital in Madrid, Gaida in Vilnius, Italy PAS in Pescara, where he promotes new projects and is keen on premiering pieces by composers such as Hurel, Jodlowski, Mantovani, Manoury, Narita, Lopez Lopez, Lupone, Vert. Philippe Spiesser is also invited to play as soloist with orchestras such as Strasbourg Philharmonique Orchestra, Camerata de France, Chinese Shenyang orchestra, Modern Lemanic Ensemble, Languedoc Mediterranean Orchestra.
Pedagogue unanimously appreciated, Philippe Spiesser is head teacher in charge of the Percussion Studies at the HEM Geneva Superior Conservatory of Music in Switzerland. Previously he has been teaching 26 years at the National Conservatory of Perpignan in France, 5 years in Madrid Neopercusion and 5 years in Palma de Mallorca Superior Conservatory of Music. Additionally he gives masterclasses in numerous Music Universities around the world, such as Royal Academy of Music in London, Alfonso X in Madrid, Esmuc in Barcelona, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Hochschuhle in Stuttgart, Mannheim, Superior Conservatories in Paris, Beijing, Shanghai, Sheynyang, Dalian, Honk Kong, Lima, Izmir…
Since 2012, he also has an artist residence at the Centro Ricerche Musicali in Rome, where he is dedicated to research on new music with acoustic instruments processed by electronics, in particular SkinAct and Feed Drum invented by the composer and researcher Michelangelo Lupone. In the same area, since 2015, Philippe Spiesser is leading a new research project on gesture capture, GeKiPe, at the HEM Geneva Superior Conservatory of Music in partnership with the IRCAM Center Pompidou in Paris.
Jury in many international competitions, Philippe Spiesser was in 2019, the president of the jury of the prestigious Geneva International Competition.
Mad Max For one performer, electronics, video & lights commissionned by Aujourd’hui Musiques Festival / Perpignan / France coproduction : Ensemble Flashback – Studio éole Composition : Pierre Jodlowski Performer : Philippe Spiesser A film produced by studio éole recorded in Odyssud Blagnac – 2019 Sound : Matthieu Guillin, Emilie Mousset Cameras : Matthieu Guillin, […]
“Crossing points” Dispositif de reconnaissance gestuelle “GeKiPe” (Geste, Kinect et Percussion) développé en partenariat avec Flashback (Perpignan), IRCAM (Paris), Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève (Suisse) CROSSING POINTS (25’) DE A. VERT & J.M FERNANDEZ Performer: Philippe SPIESSER Pour un percussionniste, dispositif GeKiPe, vidéo, électronique et scénographie. En s’inspirant du travail des hypnotiseurs, qui guident […]
GeKiPe / Projet de Recherche
GeKiPe / Geste Kinect & Percussion
GeKiPe, Geste Kinect et percussion, Projet de Recherche-Création / GeKiPe (Geste Kinect & Percussion) depuis 2015 Soutenu par la Haute Ecole Supérieure de Suisse Occidentale et développé au sein de la Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève en partenariat avec l’IRCAM Centre Pompidou de Paris et l’association FlashBack66. Ce projet a pour objectif l’exploration du contrôle […]