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Jean Geoffroy

After completing his studies at the Paris Conservatory, Jean Geoffroy forged his own path in the world of percussion. He was principal timpanist of Paris Orchestral Ensemble from 1985 to 2000, soloist and founder of the contemporary music ensemble Court-Circuit in 1988 and member of the Menuhin Foundation "Music Presence". Mr. Geoffroy continues to be a tireless performer when it comes to bringing life to a new work; he has participated as a soloist on more than thirty CDs and DVDs; six of which are dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach, recording the complete cello suites, violin partitas and sonatas and the Goldberg Variations. He also has a CD entitled« Monodrame » and a new one which will be released in 2017 entitled « Hors Jeu ».

Many compositions have been written for Mr. Geoffroy and he has performed the first performance of many works for solo percussion. In addition, he has performed as
a guest soloist at the many of the most prestigious music festivals worldwide.

Aside from his activity as a soloist, Mr. Geoffroy has been giving recitals and master-classes in major universities all over the world for more than 35 years.

Passionate about teaching, he is the author of several books on education including a book on percussion pedagogy published by the City of Music Paris entitled the “Point of View Collection” and has been an editor for 10 years with the same publisher. In addition he has edited several collections for the Lemoine and Alfonce publishing company..

From 1995-2004, he regularly participated in the pedagogical courses at IRCAM creating a significant number of pieces for solo percussion with electronic and chamber groups and remains a member of the lecture committee at IRCAM / Pierre Boulez.

Mr. Geoffroy was artistic director of the Eklekto International Percussion Center in Geneva from 2006 to 2013, chairman and artistic director of the Giot International Competition (for vibraphone), president of the Geneva International Competition for Percussion in 2009, and is regularly invited as jury member for different international competitions.

Mr. Geoffroy has been guest conductor of Mésostics ensemble, with which he plays regularly and recorded a CD / DVD dedicated to Martin Matalon and Philippe Hurel which has been most favorably reviewed by musical critics. In 2015, he became the artistic director of the Percussions de Strasbourg.



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