After completing his studies at the Paris Conservatory, Jean Geoffroy forged his own personal path in the world of percussion. Principal Timpanist of the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris from 1985 to 2000, soloist and founder of the contemporary music ensemble Court-Circuit in 1988, member of the Menuhin Foundation « Music Presence ». Tireless performer when it comes to living a new work, Jean Geoffroy has participated as a soloist in more than thirty CD’s and DVD among them : 6 dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach, gathering the complete suites, partitas and sonatas written for one instrument, Goldberg Variations, « Attacca » acclaimed and rewarded by music critics, « Monodrame », and new CD’s who will comes out in 2018-19 « Hors Jeu » and integrale of trio Sonatas by J.S Bach.
Dedicatee and first performer of many works for solo percussion, and has performed as a guest soloist at the most prestigious worldwide festivals. Aside his soloist activity Jean Geoffroy gives master-classes and lectures in major university all over the world for more than 35 years.
Passionate about teaching, author of several books on education including a book on teaching percussion in the Point de vue Collection of the Cité de la musique Paris, he is editor of 10 years with the Percussion …, published by the City of Music Paris. Director of different collections for Lemoine publisher, he created in 2005 « Regards », « Contemporary Perspectives », « Transversal » new collections published by Alfonce publisher.
After teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (1993 – 1998) Jean Geoffroy teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon since 1999, and is didactic teacher in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris since 2006.
From 1995-2004, he regularly participates at the pedagogical cursus at IRCAM creating a significant number of pieces for solo percussion with electronic and chamber music pieces, is a member of the lecture committee at IRCAM / Pierre Boulez.
In 2004, he created Light Music by Thierry de Mey for « solo conductor » and interactive device at the Music Scene Festival in Lyon. This collaboration opened up new perspectives and allowed him to explore other areas and other directions in his solo career.
Artistic director of the Eklekto International Percussion Center in Geneva from 2006 to 2013, president and artistic director of the Giot International Competition (for vibraphone), president of the Geneva International Competition for Percussion in 2009, he’s regularly invited as jury member in different international competition.
For some years now, Jean Geoffroy has conducted various ensembles in France and South America, where he created the Instrumental ensemble of the National University of Bogota with wich he played P. Boulez, K. Stochausen, H. Vasquez… he also conducted Namascae ensemble around the works of Eric Gaudibert.
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 rewarded by musical critics.
From 2015 to 2017, Jean Geoffroy as Artistic Director of the Percussions in Strasbourg enabled the group to be renewed and perpetuated, from the 3rd to the 4th generation of musicians and widening the artistic proposals. Renewal welcomed by the critics with the obtaining numerous awards Victoire de la musique 2016 – Diapason d’Or – Coup de Cœur Charles Cros …
Villa Médicis 1988 Salabert trajectoire
Ivo Malec monography Salabert actuel 1989
Attacca Skarbo / Production 1992Solo
Eric Tanguy Harmonia Mundi 1994
Marim’Bach Skarbo 1994
Russian Saxophone (with Claude Delangle) Bis/ Production 1995
Musique à la Cour d’Angleterre Harmonia Mundi 1995
Tristan Murail MFA / Court Circuit 1996
Philippe Leroux Air-ré MFA/Radio France 1996
Bruno Giner Per tre Contours Agon/ P. Vérany 1996
José Luis Campana Je est un autre Agon/P. Vérany 1997
José Luis Campana Noctal Skarbo/M.F.A 1997
Japanese Saxophone (avec Claude Delangle) Bis/ Production 1998
J.S Bach 1° vol : 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°vol :suites BWV 1008;1010;1012 Skarbo 2001
Philippe Hurel Monography Eon 2001
Dominique Lemaître Monography Cig’Art production 2002
Light Music de Thierry de Mey DVD production Grame (Lyon) 2005
Loops Philippe Hurel Empreinte digitale 2006
Monodrame Skarbo / production 2006
Japanes Songs Bis / production 2008
J.S Bach 4ème vol (sonates BWV, 1001,1003,1005) Skarbo / Intégral musique 2008
J.S Bach 5ème vol (partitas BWV 1002,1004,1006) Skarbo / Intégral Musique 2011
Endless Eleven (show by Bertrand Dubedout) DVD production éOle/Grame 2013
Light Music de Thierry de Mey DVD Charleroi production 2013
Pierre Jodlowski Direct Music éOle records 2013
Mésostics ensemble Tramages Horus 2014
Pierre Jodlowski Time & Money éOle records 2014
J.S Bach Goldberg Variations Skarbo 2015
Soon : 5 études de Bruno Giner3 Intermezzi de Ton-That TiêtGolberg Variations / Ensemble TactusHors Jeu
Radio France recordings :Bruno Mantovani / Moi Jeu / pièce pour percussion solo et le Chœur de Radio FranceBruno Giner / Images de Peaux / ThaâlGeorges Crumb / Mundus CanisJosé Luis Campana / Nalu KamusiIsable Urrutia / MandalaFrédéric Durieux / Incidences