The French saxophonist Philippe Koerper studied in Strasbourg with Philippe Geiss and in Basel with Marcus Weiss. Excited about sound explorations and contact with composers, he co-founded l’Imaginaire ensemble in 2008, a chamber music group dedicated to creation and dissemination of contemporary music based in Strasbourg. L’imaginaire produces each year a concert series in Strasbourg, and works in innovant artistic and pedagogical project.
Philippe Koeper premiered, among others, pieces of A. Posadas, R. Barrett, G.F. Haas, T. Blondeau, S. Rivas, F. Garnero, E. Maestri, S. Diez-Fischer and played in ensembles like Linea, Accroche Note, Lemniscate, ensemble Phoenix Basel. In 2016 he was instrumental Soloist for the premiere of the opera Tre Volti, written by Annette Schlünz for the SWR Schwetzinger Festspiele.
He also plays in classical chamber music groups (Duo JoergerKoerper, la philharmonie de poche) and regularly in symphony orchestras (Sinfonieorchester Basel, Strasbourg philharmonic, Basel Festival Orchestra, Mulhouse Symphony orchestra, Lucerne Festival orchestra, Gstaad Festival orchestra).
His playing and teaching are strongly influenced by his thought on relations between body, presence and instrument.
He is currently teaching at the Basel Academy of music as an assistant of Marcus Weiss.