Parcours – discographie

IMGP3850After 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 1992

Solo 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

De Front / live recording_éOle records 2017

Drum’s Machine / EriKm _ Percussions de Strasbourg 2017/Outhere &Believe Digital

World Timbres Mixture_WTM Paris Group 2018


Soon :

5 études de Bruno Giner

3 Intermezzi de Ton-That Tiêt

Golberg Variations / Ensemble Tactus

Hors Jeu


Radio France recordings :

Bruno Mantovani / Moi Jeu / pièce pour percussion solo et le Chœur de Radio France

Bruno Giner / Images de Peaux / Thaâl

Georges Crumb / Mundus Canis

José Luis Campana / Nalu Kamusi

Isable Urrutia / Mandala

Frédéric Durieux / Incidences