BIO – EN – Jean Geoffroy
SHORT VERSION - EN

Jean Geoffroy has traced his own path in the world of percussion. Solo timpanist of
The Ensemble Orchestral de Paris from 1985 to 2000, member of the Menuhin Foundation “Music Presence”. JG continues to be an indefatigable artist and has participated as a soloist in more than 35 CDs and DVDs including six of them dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach, Two new CDs will be released in 2020 “Out Game” and the Integral trio Sonatas by JS Bach. First performer of numerous pieces, he plays in the most prestigious music festivals in the world, and gives master classes and conferences worldwide for more than 30 years.
Passionate about teaching, professor at the National Conservatory of Lyon and Paris, he is now director of the Creation dpt and Post-Master CNSMDL / Artist Diploma curriculum at the CNSMD of Lyon. Author of several educational books, and collection director for Editions Lemoine and Alfonce. From 1995 to 2005, he worked in IRCAM’s pedagogical department and created many pieces for solo percussion and electronic. He is a member of IRCAM’s reading committee.
Artistic director of the Eklekto center in Geneva from 2006 to 2013, pdt of the Geneva International Competition in 2009, artistic director of Percussions in Strasbourg from 2015 to 2017, he has allowed the group to renew and perpetuate itself, with success and awards , Victory of music 2016 – Diapason of Gold – Charles Cros …
JG, is guest conductor of the Mesostics ensemble, with whom he recorded a CD/DVD dedicated to Martin Matalon and Philippe Hurel, which has been very well received by critics.
In 2017, with Christophe Lebreton, he co-produced the Light Wall System, a luminous interface for gesture capture in collaboration with the Grame (national center of musical creation), and developed new interfaces linking sound and movement, thus creating new artistic and educational perspectives. In 2019, this collaboration has been materialized with the creation of LiSiLoG association dedicated to artistic innovation and transmission.

LONG VERSION - EN

After completing his studies at the Paris Conservatory, Jean Geoffroy made his own career in the world of percussion. Timbalier solo of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris from 1985 to 2000, soloist and co-founder of the contemporary music ensemble Court-Circuit in 1988, member of the Menuhin Foundation “Presence of Music”. A tireless interpreter when it comes to living a new work, Jean Geoffroy has participated as a soloist in more than thirty five CDs and DVDs in collaboration with many composers. Most of them received an enthusiastic welcome from musical critics. Among them, seven are dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Sebastian Project Attacca who receive awards from Diapason newspaper, Monodrame, Tramages, in this last three CD’s are the first recordings of master pieces by Ivo Malec, J.L Campana, D.Tosi, E. Tanguy , Yoshihisa Taira, Bertrand Dubedout, Bruno Giner, Philippe Hurel, Isabel Urrutia, Martin Matalon...

Dedicator and first performer of many works for solo percussion, he has appeared as a guest soloist at the most prestigious international festivals. In addition to his solo activity, Jean Geoffroy gives master-classes and readings in the main universities of the world. worldwide for over 35 years.

Passionate about teaching, author of several books and methods, including a book on the pedagogy of percussion “The class of percussion a crossroads …” in the collection View point of the City of Music in Paris, he collaborates to 10 years with Percussion, published by the same publishing house …
Director of collection for Lemoine editions, he created in 2005 “Regards”, “Contemporary Perspectives”, “Contemporary Views” different collections for Alfonce publisher.

After teaching percussion at the National Conservatory of Music of Paris (1993-1998), at the Geneva High School For Music (1999-2007), Jean Geoffroy taught percussion at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Lyon 1999 to 2019. He is currently artistic director of the Post-Master Artist-Diploma cursus, of the Laboratory Current Scenes, and director of the Creation department at CNSMD Lyon. He is also professor of didactics at the National Conservatory of Music of Paris since 2006.

From 1995 to 2005, he regularly participates in IRCAM’s educational program, creating a large numerous pieces for solo percussion and electronic, and chamber music pieces. He is a member of IRCAM’s reading committee.

In 2004, he created Thierry de Mey’s Light Music for “solo conductor” and interactive device at the Biennale Music in Scene in Lyon. This collaboration opened up new perspectives and allowed him to explore other areas and directions during his solo career.

Artistic Director of the Eklekto International Percussion Center in Geneva from 2006 to 2011, President and Artistic Director of the International Competitions Claude Giot international competition for vibraphon, President of the International Percussion Competition of Geneva, he is regularly invited to be part of the jury of various international competitions.

From 2015 to 2017, Jean Geoffroy as artistic director of Percussions in Strasbourg has allowed the group to renew and perpetuate itself, from the 3rd to the 4th generation of musicians and to widen the artistic proposals. Renewal welcomed with enthusiasm by the critics with the obtaining of many prizes: Victory of Music 2016 – Diapason d’Or – Coup de Coeur Charles Cros …

For several years, Jean Geoffroy has directed various instrumental ensembles in France and South America, where he has created the instrumental ensemble of the National University of Bogota. Guest conductor of the ensemble Mesostics, he recorded a CD / DVD dedicated to Martin Matalon and Philippe Hurel, hailed by critics.

In 2016, he created the TNUA-Reseach-Lab at the National University of the Arts in Taipei and developed many projects related to the role of the performer and the evolution of the stage, the stage as an instrument.
From 2017 to 2018 he directed a Laboratory of Music Creation at the Shanghai Conservatory.

In 2017, with Christophe Lebreton, sound designer, specialist of new violins and interactive devices, he created the Light Wall System, a luminous interface for gesture capture in collaboration with Grame.
In 2019 he founded the LiSiLoG association with Christophe Lebreton, a structure dedicated to artistic innovation and transmission www.lisilog.com
Within this structure, they developed, new interfaces connecting sound and movement, thus creating new artistic and educational perspectives, especially with the work around Smartphones (Smart Hands Computers) and Vincent’s Carinola pieces and facilities: Virtual Rizhomes – Embodied Gardens – Embedded Studies

Find all the information on the personal site of Jean Geoffroy / jeangeoffroy.wordpress.com / Facebook Jean Geoffroy / Facebook Lisi Log

DISCOGRAPHY - July 2019

Villa Medici 1988 – Salabert trajectory

Ivo Malec monography – Salabert today 1989

Attacca Skarbo / Production 1992

Solo Eric Tanguy Harmonia Mundi 1994

Marim’Bach Skarbo 1994

Russian Saxophone (with Claude Delangle) Bis/ Production 1995

Music at the Court of England Harmonia Mundi 1995

Tristan Murail MFA / Court Circuit 1996

Philippe Leroux Air-re MFA/Radio France 1996

Bruno Giner Per tre Contours Agon/ P. Verany 1996

José Luis Campana I’m Another Agon/P. Verany 1997

José Luis Campana Noctal Skarbo/M.F.A 1997

Japanese Saxophone (with Claude Delangle) Bis/ Production 1998

J.S Bach 1st Flight: Suites BWV 1007;1009;1011 Skarbo 1998

Guy Reibel Monography GRM/Radio France 1999

Suzanne Giraud Monography MFA/Radio France 2000

J.S Bach 2-flight:Suites BWV 1008;1010;1012 Skarbo 2001

Philippe Hurel MOnographyEon 2001

Dominique Lemaître Monography Cig’Art production 2002

Light Music by Thierry de Mey DVD Grame 2005

Philippe Hurel Loops Fingerprint 2006

Monodrama Skarbo / 2006 production

Japanes Songs Bis / production 2008

J.S Bach 4th flight (BWV sonatas, 1001,1003,1005) Skarbo/Interig music 2008

J.S Bach 5th flight (partitas BWV 1002,1004,1006) Skarbo/Interig Music 2011

Endless Eleven (show by Bertrand Dubedout)DVD eOle/Grame 2013

Light Music by Thierry de Mey DVD Charleroi prod /2013

Pierre Jodlowski Direct Music – 2013 record

Mesostics set Tramages Horus 2014

Pierre Jodlowski Time – Money – 2014 record-breaking eOle

J.S Bach Goldberg VariationsSkarbo 2015

De Front / live recordingeOle records 2017

Drum’s Machine – eriKm P.D.S 2017/Outhere – Believe

Rains – Strasbourg Percussions[artistic direction]P.D.S 2019/Outhere – Believe

Soon:

Full trio sonatas / Johann-Sebastian Project – comes out 2020

5 studies by Bruno Giner

3 Intermezzi by Ton-That Tiêt

Off-side / 2020

Radio France recordings:

Bruno Mantovani / Me Jeu / piece for solo percussion and the Radio France Choir

Bruno Giner / Images of Skin / Thaâl

Georges Crumb / Canis Mundus

José Luis Campana / Kamusi Nalu

Isable Urrutia / Mandala

Frédéric Durieux / Incidences