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 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.
Polymorphous musician, he performs throughout the world in numerous international festivals such as 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 Festival in Vilnius, Italy PAS in Pescara, CERN Festival and Archipel in Geneva, Aujourd’hui Musiques in Perpignan, Memmix in Palma de Mallorca, Ponte in Ulm, where he promotes new projects and is keen on premiering pieces by composers such as Ph. Hurel, P. Jodlowski, J. Nordin, A. Schubert, M. Matalon, B. Mantovani, Ph. Manoury, B. Letort, K. Narita, JM. Lopez Lopez, M. Lupone, A. Vert. Philippe Spiesser is also invited to play as soloist with orchestras such as Modern Lemanic Ensemble, Norbotten NEO, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Camerata de France, Chinese Shenyang orchestra.
Pedagogue unanimously appreciate, Philippe Spiesser is, since 2009, head teacher in charge of the Percussion Studies at the HEM Geneva Superior Conservatory of Music in Switzerland. Previously he has been teaching at the National Conservatory of Perpignan in France, Neopercusion, University Alfonso X in Madrid, Superior Conservatory of Music in Palma de Mallorca. Additionally, he gives masterclasses in numerous Music Universities around the world, such as Juilliard School New-York, McGill Montreal, Royal Academy of Music London, Esmuc Barcelona, Conservatoire Royal Brussels, Santa Cecilia Rome, Musik Hochschuhle Stuttgart, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Cnsmdp Paris, Chinese Conservatory of Music Beijing, Central Conservatory Beijing, Conservatory of Music Shanghai, Sheynyang, Dalian, Music University Honk Kong, Music University Lima, Music University Izmir...
Since 2015, Philippe Spiesser is leading several research projects about new musical technologies and gesture capture such as GeKiPe Project at HEM Geneva Conservatory of Music in partnership with IRCAM Center Pompidou in Paris and Flashback ensemble. Thanks to this work, he is the dedicatee and performer of many new immersive and multimedia shows written for this GekiPe gesture capture tool such as Sculpt, Crossing Points, Mad Max.
He is also an artist in residence at the Centro Ricerche Musicali in Rome, where he is dedicated to research on new music with acoustic instruments processed by electronics: SkinAct and Feed Drum invented by the composer and researcher Michelangelo Lupone.
Jury in many international competitions, Shanghai IPEA, Beijing PAS, Palma IMC, Italy PAS... He was in 2019, jury chairman of the prestigious Geneva International Competition in Switzerland.