Kevin Juillerat

Composer and saxophonist

Born in 1987 in Switzerland, Kevin Juillerat studied the saxophone with Pierre Stéphane Meugé in Haute École de Musique Lausanne and Marcus Weiss in Hochschule für Musik Basel – he completed a Master’s degree in music pedagogy as well as a Master’s degree specialized in contemporary music. Along with his instrumental studies, he attended composition lessons by Michael Jarrell and Luis Naon in Haute École de Musique de Genève and by Georg Friedrich Haas in Basel.
In 2015-2016 he attended the IRCAM Cursus in Paris where he specialized in electroacoustic music.

As a composer, he has a wide range of commissions, and has composed, to name only a few, for Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Basel Sinfonietta (CH), ensembles Linea and Proxima Centauri (F), Contrechamps, Phoenix, Vortex, soyuz21, TaG, Batida (CH), Duo AKMI, pianist Cédric Pescia, harpist Valeria Kafelnikof (Ensemble Intercontemporain) and trombone player Mike Svoboda.
In 2019 he was an in-house composer at ICST Zürich, in 2021-22 at IRCAM Paris, and in 2020 he was artist- in-residence of canton Vaud in Berlin.
His Music is played not only throughout Europe, but also in Russia, USA, Australia and South America, in festivals such as Label Suisse, Rümlingen (CH), Manifeste (F), Mixtur (ES), Remusik (RU), Musik Biennale Zagreb (HR), Impuls Festival (AT) or International Saxophone Congress and Festival.
His works have been published by Éditions Alphonse Leduc Paris, BabelScores and Note en Bulle.
He won 3rd prize at 5-Minute Opera Competition in Zagreb in 2015 and became a finalist in 2nd Mauricio Kagel composition competition Vienna in 2013.

As a saxophonist, Kevin Juillerat has participated in several classical, contemporary and experimental music projects, playing with several ensembles and orchestras such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Contrechamps, Mariinsky Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Verbier Festival Orchestra or Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra, under the baton of well- known conductors, such as Valery Gergiev, Pierre Boulez, Neeme Järvi, Gianandrea Noseda or Matthias Pintscher. He has worked with composers such as Heinz Holliger, Peter Ablinger, Jean-Claude Risset and Tom Johnson.
He is also a founding member of the quartet Too hot to hoot? and the duet Duo Ekla with the French pianist Violaine Debever. He is also a member of the Sibja Saxophone Quartet and the math-rock band HYPER LA CHAISE.

He teaches music theory in Switzerland and regularly gives saxophone, composition, improvisation and contemporary music interpretation classes.
He is co-artistic director of the experimental music concert-series Fracanaüm – saison de créations sonores à Lausanne and classical/contemporary music curator for Label Suisse Festival


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