Duet with Philippe Koerper, saxophones
Full of energy, fervor, sensitivity, and creativity, this duo weaves a colorful tapestry as their instruments join together in music. Marie-Andrée Joerger on the accordion, and Philippe Koerper on the saxophone, are graduates of the Conservatories of Freiburg (Germany) and Basel (Switzerland), respectively. Their curiosity and originality push them to explore creative paths such as world music and improvisation, but also contemporary and classical works. In addition to their own especially arranged repertoire, they have premiered works by Theirry Blondeau and by Christian Dachez. They have performed at festivals such as Le Printemps des bretelles, Summerlied, Les Musicales de Saint-Léger, Bouteilles en bretelles, Opus – Mardi Musique, and others.
Program n°1 : Classical Music
Program n°2 : Entertainment music and improvisation
Philippe Koerper studied at the Conservatoire de Strasbourg with Philippe Geiss and later at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel with Marcus Weiss. His passion for musical exploration through his saxophone and the dialogue with composers lead him to co-found “l’Imaginaire musique d’idées”, a Strasbourgeois chamber group established in 2008 with the purpose of creating and performing contemporary music. He has premiered pieces by A. Posadas, R. Barrett, G.F. Haas, T. Blondeau, S. Rivas, F. Garnero, E. Maestri, and S. Diez-Fischer, and has performed in the Ensemble Linea, Accroche Note, Lemniscate, and ensemble Phoenix Basel. In 2016 he was an instrumental soloist during the creation of the opera Tre Volti by Annette Schlünz at the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele. He regularly plays with symphonies (Sinfonieorchester Basel, Basel Festival Orchester, l’orchestre musique des lumièeres, Lucerne Festival Orchestra) as well as in chamber music collaborations (duo JoergerKoerper, La Philharmonie de poche).
The instrument-corporeal relationship is a principal theme within his musical interpretation and pedagogy. He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik in Basel as the assistant to Marcus Weiss and at the Conservatoire de Saint-Louis.