Described by LA Weekly as “an original composer with something important to say”, Philippe Bodin aims at writing music which, inspired by poetry, mathematics, language games, Renaissance techniques and Bulgarian or African rhythms, transcends geographic or stylistic boundaries.
His works have been commissioned by the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Eroica trio, the Mannes trio, Lost Dog and Piano Duo (New York); the Chamber Ensemble Left Coast, Empyrean, pianist Genevieve Lee and the Mojave trio (California); the Orkest de Volharding and Electra (Netherlands); Radio-France and TM+ (France); and the Kungsbacka trio (Sweden); among others. Other performers include the American Composers Orchestra, Las Vegas Festival Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, St Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, New Zealand Piano Trio, Xtet, Verge, Brave New Works, and pianists Thomas Sauer, Mark Robson, Adrienne Kim, and Eric Huebner.
Philippe's music has earned recognition from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Jerome Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the Barlow Endowment, The American Music Center, the Utah Arts Festival Competition, the American Composers Orchestra, and the Lutoslawski (Warsaw 2005), Angelo-Comneno (Rome 2006), and Homage to Mozart (Moscow 2006) international competitions. He has been offered residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell, the Banff Centre for the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for the Arts.
A Doctor in Musical Arts from Yale University where he studied with Martin Bresnick and Nicholas Maw, Philippe has taught composition at Illinois Wesleyan and Lawrence universities. Prior to his incarnation as a composer, he studied mathematics, architecture, piano, and organ, and had a career as an operatic baritone under the batons of Myung-Whun Chung, Philippe Herreweghe and Marc Minkovski.