Kevin Juillerat

Composer and saxophonist

Born in 1987 in Switzerland, Kevin Juillerat studies saxophone with Pierre Stéphane Meugé in Haute Ecole de Musique Lausanne and Marcus Weiss in Hochschule für Musik Basel – he gets a Master’s degree in music pedagogy and a Master’s degree specialized in contemporary music. Along with his instrumental studies, he attends composition lessons by Michael Jarrell and Luis Naon in Haute École de Musique de Genève and by Georg Friedrich Haas in Basel.
He is also selected to attend the IRCAM Cursus 2015-2016 in Paris.

As a composer, he has a wide range of commissions, and has composed, to name only a few, for l’Orchestre de Chambre de Genève (CH), Ensembles Linea and Proxima Centauri (F), Phoenix, Vortex, soyuz21, Batida (CH), Duo AKMI, pianist Cédric Pescia, recorder player Antonio Politano or trombone player Mike Svoboda.
His Music in played throughout Europe, but also in Russia, Australia and South America, in festivals such as Label Suisse, Rümlingen (CH), Mixtur (ES), Remusik (RU), Musik Biennale Zagreb (HR), Impuls Festival (AT) or International Saxophone Congress and Festival.
His works are published by Éditions Alphonse Leduc Paris, BabelScores and Note en Bulle.
He wins 3rd prize at 5-Minute Opera Competition in Zagreb in 2015 and becomes finalist in 2nd Mauricio Kagel composition competition Vienna in 2013.

As a saxophonist, Kevin Juillerat participates 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 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 has been the beneficiary of several grants and commissions, notably of UBS foundation, Irène Dénéréaz, Nicati-de Luze and Association Suisse d’Entraide Sociale et Culturelle.

Kevin Juillerat teaches music theory in Switzerland and regularly gives saxophone, composition, improvisation and contemporary music interpretation classes.


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