The department is continuing a long tradition of teaching of the piano and organ in Geneva, initiated by Franz Liszt in 1835.

The piano classes have featured such illustrious professors as Dinu Lipatti, Nikita Magaloff and Maria Tipo, and remain a particularly renowned sector at the HEM today.

Today, our reputation rests on a high-quality team of professors, who are both high-level performers and accomplished teachers, attentive to the expectations of their students. We offer a very open approach to teaching, enabling everyone to work with several professors on their main subject. That is almost unique in the world and offers our students a fantastic opportunity to engage in multiple ways of learning.

The department regularly organises events that bring people together, such as the Festival of the Keyboard or the Festival of the Guitar, and also numerous chamber music projects. Our close ties with the musical institutions and events in the French-speaking part of Switzerland offer numerous, varied opportunities to our students. The organ class also benefits from special access to the main instruments from the region.

Thanks to an innovative approach to teaching, exciting cross-disciplinary events and encounters with masters from around the world, the department offers a stimulating, flexible and diversified learning environment, for students who are passionate about music.

The main subjects taught in the department are the piano, piano accompaniment, including a conductor of singing option, the organ and the guitar.


Teachers of major disciplines

James Alexander

Piano Accompaniment Professor - Chamber Music with Piano

The pianist James Alexander was born in Canada, where he studied with Robert Silverman at the University of British Columbia. Benefiting from a scholarship from the Canada Council, he honed his skills at the Juilliard School under Sasha Gorodnitzki and Janina Fialkowska, earning a Master of Music. He also attended masterclasses, including in the field of Lied, with Leon Fleisher, Menahem Pressler, Gwendolyn Koldofsky, and Martin Katz. After completing his studies, James Alexander worked as an intern at the Juilliard School before being engaged at the International Opera Studio of Zurich, then at the Stadttheater Aachen as an assistant to the principal conductor. James Alexander currently teaches chamber music and accompaniment at the Haute école de musique de Genève, as well as in Bern. He performs with many renowned singers and instrumentalists and occasionally gives masterclasses at the Juilliard School. His CD recordings include works for solo piano, Lied, instrumental chamber music, as well as several Tango albums. Learn More about James Alexander  

Ricardo Castro

Head of the Keyboard Instruments Department - Professor of Piano

Born in Vitória da Conquista, a small town in northeastern Brazil, Ricardo Castro began playing the piano at the age of three. At five, he entered the School of Music and Arts at the University of Bahia, and three years later, he made his debut giving recitals. At the age of ten, Ricardo Castro performed Haydn's Piano Concerto in D major as a soloist. Several orchestral concerts and national prizes followed immediately. In 1984, he moved to Europe to study piano and conducting at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève with Maria Tipo and Arpad Gerecz, respectively. He also studied with Dominique Merlet in Paris. Castro won First Prize at the Rahn Competition in 1985 and the Josef Pembaur Competition in 1986. He graduated from the Conservatoire de Genève in 1987, receiving the First Prize of Virtuosity with distinction and congratulations from the jury. That same year, he became co-winner of the ARD International Music Competition in Munich and in 1988, he won Third Prize at the Géza Anda Competition. In 1993, he received First Prize at the Leeds International Piano Competition, becoming the only South American winner to date. In 2003, he formed a piano duo with Maria João Pires. They performed a series of recitals in major European venues and released a CD of Schubert's works on Deutsche Grammophon. Ricardo Castro has recorded several other CDs with BMG/Arte Nova, both in recital and with orchestra. As a soloist, he has performed with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Zurich Tonhalle, BBC Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Tokyo Philharmonic, and Mozarteum Orchestra of Salzburg. He has played and conducted in prestigious concert halls, including the Barbican Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Santa Cecilia in Rome, Philharmonie de Paris, and Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. His partners have included Sir Simon Rattle, Midori, Leif Segerstam, Martha Argerich, Antonio Meneses, Yakov Kreizberg, Kazimierz Kord, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maria João Pires, and Shlomo Mintz. In 2007, Ricardo Castro, invited by the government of the State of Bahia, founded NEOJIBA (Centers of Youth and Children's Orchestras of the State of Bahia), a pioneering program in Brazil. He serves as the general director of this program, which in 2020, involved around 6,000 young people and children throughout the State of Bahia. With the program's main orchestra, the NEOJIBA Orchestra, Ricardo Castro has conducted seven international tours, performing in some of the world's most important concert halls. In 2013, Ricardo Castro became the first Brazilian to be named an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society, joining the ranks of the greatest names in Western music. Highly committed to social causes, Ricardo Castro has dedicated a significant portion of his time to educational activities over the years. He is the founding director of the NEOJIBA Orchestra and a professor of advanced piano classes at the Haute école de musique de Genève and the Haute école de musique de Lausanne, as well as at the Scuola di Musica di Fiesole in Italy.

Fabrizio Chiovetta

Professor of piano

Born in Geneva, with Swiss and Italian nationality, Fabrizio Chiovetta studied with Dominique Weber, John Perry, and Paul Badura-Skoda, becoming a favored disciple of the latter. He has given numerous concerts in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East (Sommets Musicaux and Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Lisztomanias, Victoria Hall, Berlioz Festival, Schloss Elmau, Tonhalle, Princeton Piano Festival, NCPA in Mumbai, National Center in Beijing, Oriental Art Center in Shanghai). He has performed under the direction of Gábor Takács-Nagy, Arie van Beek, Mikael Toms, and Diego Matheuz. He is also a highly sought-after chamber musician, performing with partners such as the Belcea Quartet, Patrick Messina, Henri Demarquette, Benjamin Appl, Gautier Capuçon, Lise Berthaud, Pierre Fouchenneret, Camille Thomas, Alexandra Conunova, Sarah Nemtanu, Silvia Careddu, Sophie Karthäuser, Marc Coppey, Samuel Hasselhorn, and Werner Güra. He premiered Tristan Murail's solo piano piece "Le rossignol en amour" and made the first recording of chamber works by Arvo Pärt, Jan Rääts, and André Previn. Also an improviser, he collaborates with musicians from various backgrounds (Vincent Ségal, Grégoire Maret, Marthe Keller). His recordings for Palexa, Claves Records, and Aparté of works by Schumann, Schubert, Haydn, Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven have been praised by critics (Diapason, CHOC de CLASSICA, FonoForum, American Music Guide). His latest Schumann album was awarded an "Editor's Choice" by Gramophone and a 10/10 by Classics Today. Fabrizio Chiovetta has been teaching at the Haute école de musique de Genève on the sites of Geneva and Neuchâtel since 2009. "His playing is distinguished by its elegance, sense of balance, and refinement." - France Musique Learn more about Fabrizio Chiovetta.

Paul Coker

Professor of piano

Born in 1959 in London, Paul Coker studied piano in London at the Yehudi Menuhin School and then at the Royal College of Music. His notable teachers included Vlado Perlemuter and Nadia Boulanger. He also received private instruction from Alfred Brendel. A laureate of numerous awards, including the Jackson Master Award (Boston), he was also named BBC Musician of the Year in 1978. His solo career has led him to perform with major ensembles such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Additionally, he was Yehudi Menuhin's partner for ten years. Together, they performed more than two hundred times on stages worldwide, covering the entire repertoire for violin and piano. A chamber music enthusiast, Paul Coker has also collaborated with violinists Pierre Amoyal, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, and cellists Steven Isserlis, Heinrich Schiff, and Ralph Kirshbaum. Paul Coker has been teaching piano at the Haute école de musique de Genève since 1995. Learn more about Paul Coker.

Alessio Corti

Professor of Organ - Improvisation (for Organists) - Chamber Music with Organ - Organ as a Secondary Instrument

Born in Milan in 1967, the son of a renowned organist and pedagogue, Alessio Corti received his first music lessons at an early age. In 1985, he obtained his piano diploma "cum laude," followed by diplomas in organ and harpsichord. He pursued further studies with internationally renowned organists and was a student of Lionel Rogg at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Genève for three years. In 1992, he won a "Premier Prix de Virtuosité with distinction" and the special "Otto Barblan" prize. He subsequently won First Prizes at the International Competitions of Geneva (C.I.E.M. 1993), Carouge (Switzerland), and the "Froberger Prize" for early music at the International Competition of Kaltern-SüdTyrol. He is also a laureate of several competitions in Italy, notably in Milan. In 1983, he was appointed titular organist of the Grands-Orgues at the Church of Santa Maria Segreta in Milan, where at the age of 18, he performed the Complete Works of D. Buxtehude, and the following year, the Complete Works of J.S. Bach. From 1991 to 2016, he was also the titular organist at the Chiesa Cristiana Protestante in Milan. In his brilliant career, he is regularly invited to major international organ festivals. Alessio Corti plays a wide repertoire of early, romantic, and contemporary music, and his discography comprises around thirty CDs, including a complete recording of J.S. Bach’s organ works and "The Art of Fugue," monographs of W.A. Mozart and Mendelssohn, and several anthologies on historic organs. For the Fugatto label, he recorded a DVD of J.S. Bach's Six Trio Sonatas on the historic (1738) organ of the Kreuzkirche in Suhl, Thuringia. His recordings and recitals have received attention and favorable reviews from international critics. He is often invited as a jury member for major international competitions and to give masterclasses. From 1994 to 2001, he was a professor of organ in Italy at the Conservatories of Udine and Verona, having placed first in the national competition of the Ministry of Public Education. Alessio Corti has been a Professor of Organ and Improvisation at the Haute école de musique de Genève since 2001, succeeding Lionel Rogg. Many of his students have obtained diplomas and master's degrees (concert, soloist, pedagogy), and some have distinguished themselves in international competitions. Learn more about Alessio Corti.

Sylviane Deferne

Professor of piano

A committed musician with deep expressivity, Swiss pianist Sylviane Deferne has won the hearts of audiences across borders. Born in Geneva, she completed all her musical studies at the Conservatoire de musique de Genève, graduating with a unanimous Premier Prix de Virtuosité. After winning several competition prizes in Switzerland and abroad, she was named a soloist by the Community of Francophone Radios and quickly embarked on an international career. She has performed in Europe, America, and Asia with notable orchestras such as the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London under the baton of Charles Dutoit. She also loves chamber music and tours with her brilliant colleagues and musician friends in Japan, Brazil, Italy, and Switzerland, creating memorable musical encounters. Sylviane Deferne has made numerous recordings for the DECCA, Musica Viva, Riche Lieu, and DORON music labels. Regularly invited as a jury member for international competitions, she shares her passion through masterclasses and with her professional students at the Haute école de musique de Genève, where she teaches piano. Since 2019, Sylviane Deferne has been the artistic director of the Artémont concerts. She brings her passion and personal vision of music to an ever-growing audience, developing significant moments and intergenerational sharing season after season. Her new solo album, "Der Wanderer," dedicated to Schubert, was released in autumn 2022 by Aparté. Learn more about Sylviane Deferne.

François Dumont

Professor of Piano

François Dumont is a laureate of major international competitions such as the Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the Queen Elisabeth Competition, and the Monte-Carlo Piano Masters. Nominated for the Victoires de la Musique, he received the Prix de la Révélation from the French Musical Criticism. He performs as a soloist with the Orchestre National de France conducted by François-Xavier Roth, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Philharmonie de Paris, the Musikverein in Vienna, and on tour in Japan. Leonard Slatkin invited him to record Ravel's two concertos with the Orchestre National de Lyon for Naxos. He participates in major festivals such as La Chaise-Dieu, Radio-France Montpellier, Piano aux Jacobins, La Roque d’Anthéron, Chopin in Nohant, Chopin Societies of Paris and Geneva, and the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice. Born in Lyon, he studied with Pascale Imbert, Chrystel Saussac, and Hervé Billaut, and at fourteen, he joined the CNSMD of Paris in Bruno Rigutto’s class. He furthered his studies at the International Academy of Côme and the Lieven Piano Foundation with Dmitri Bashkirov, Leon Fleisher, William Grant Naboré, Murray Perahia, Menahem Pressler, Andreas Staier, and Fou Ts’ong. His discography includes over 35 albums, featuring the complete Mozart Sonatas, the complete piano works of Ravel, Beethoven and Schubert trios, as well as recordings of Bach, Chopin, Wagner/Liszt, Fauré, and Mussorgsky, and an ongoing complete series of Mozart concertos with the Orchestre National de Bretagne. He is an avid chamber musician, performing with Sayaka Shoji, Augustin Dumay, Laurent Korcia, Marc Coppey, Henri Demarquette, Xavier Phillips, the Prazak and Voce quartets, and explores Lied with his wife, soprano Helen Kearns. He actively collaborates with composers such as Bacri, Dusapin, Finzi, Lacaze, Murail, and Tanguy. Passionate about teaching and pedagogy, he is invited to give masterclasses in Europe and Japan. Learn more about François Dumont.

Nelson Goerner

Professor of Piano

Born in 1969 in San Pedro, Argentina, Nelson Goerner began studying piano at the age of five with Jorge Garruba and continued his studies at the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires with Juan Carlos Arabian and Carmen Scalcione. He gave his first concert in his hometown in 1980 and won the First Prize at the Franz Liszt Competition in Buenos Aires in 1986. Thanks to his exceptional talent, Martha Argerich awarded him a scholarship to study at the Conservatoire de Genève in Maria Tipo's virtuosity class. September 1990 marked a turning point in his career when he won the First Prize at the Geneva Competition unanimously for his performance of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, which invited him back the following season to perform Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 1. This award led to numerous concerts in Europe and a successful tour in Japan. Since then, Nelson Goerner has been invited by most major French festivals and has given recitals in many European cities. He also performs chamber music with the Takács Quartet in the UK, Spain, Italy, and France, the Carmina Quartet in Switzerland, the Ysaye Quartet in Holland, and with Steven Isserlis and Vadim Repin in London. Nelson Goerner has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Claus-Peter Flor, the London Philharmonic and the Residentie Orchestra of The Hague under Franz Welser-Möst, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra with Neeme Järvi, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Andrew Davis, the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and David Zinman, the Netherlands Philharmonic and Vassily Sinaisky, the Bordeaux and Montpellier Orchestras with Yutaka Sado, the Orchestre National de France and Hans Graf, among many others. His future engagements include concerts with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Liège Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Tokyo, and recitals in London, Paris, Lyon, Manchester, and Dallas. Nelson Goerner has recorded a Chopin recital (EMI Classics), a Rachmaninov recital and the 12 Transcendental Etudes by Liszt for Cascavelle, Rachmaninov's Preludes and Piano Concerto No. 3 with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Vassily Sinaisky, Busoni's works for piano and orchestra, Liszt's concertos, a Brahms and Schubert recital for Cascavelle, and a new work by John Lord for EMI Classics. His recent recordings of Chopin on historical instruments have earned him a Diapason d'Or. Learn more about Nelson Goerner.

Diana Ketler

Professor of Chamber Music with Piano

Diana was born in Riga into a well-known family of musicians. She began studying music and piano at the age of five at the E Darzins Special Music School in Riga and made her concert debut at the age of 11 with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Vassily Sinaisky. Diana graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music with highest honors in 1993 after studying with Theofil Bikis. From 1992 to 1994, she studied at the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg under Karl-Heinz Kammerling. In 1994, Diana continued her studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London in the class of Christopher Elton, graduating in 1996 with the Dip RAM. In 1996/1997 and 2000/2001, Diana received the Hodgson Piano Fellowship from the Academy. Diana has performed as a soloist with the Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Southwest German Chamber Orchestra, the Riga Chamber Orchestra, the Georgian Chamber Orchestra, and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. She has given numerous concerts in the United Kingdom, Japan, Canada, Russia, and most European countries. Notably, she has performed at the Gstaad Musiksommer Festival, the Ravello Music Festival, the St Gallen Music Festival, the Carinthian Summer Festival, and the Kobe International Art Festival. Diana has given recitals at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Purcell Room, the Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto, the Tokyo Opera City Hall, the Osaka Symphony Hall, the Atheneum in Bucharest, and other prestigious venues. She has collaborated with artists such as Wolfram Christ, Konstantin Lifschitz, Daishin Kashimoto, Adrian Brendel, Baiba Skride, Remus Azoitei, Sasha Sitkovetsky, Bernhard Hedenborg, Narimichi Kawabata, Inga Kalna, and Marlis Petersen. As a member of Ensemble Raro, she regularly tours Europe and Japan. Diana has given several UK and German premieres of works by contemporary Baltic composers and collaborates closely with Peteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt. Diana's performances have been broadcast on radio and television in Japan, the United Kingdom (BBC 3, Classic FM), Germany (Bavarian Radio), Romania, Latvia, and Austria. Since 2003, Diana has been a piano professor at the Royal Academy of Music. She has given masterclasses in Spain, the Czech Republic, England, Latvia, and the former Yugoslavia, and has been a jury member for the Jeunesses Musicales International Piano Competition in Bucharest. Since 2004, Diana has been the artistic director of the Chiemgauer Musikfrühling Festival in Bavaria, Germany. Learn more about Diana Ketler.

Judicaël Perroy

Professor of Guitar - Chamber Music for Guitar

Judicaël Perroy was born on July 21, 1973, in Paris. He began playing the guitar at the age of 7 at the Conservatoire Municipal Inter-arrondissements de Paris. From 1983 to 1988, he studied with Délia Estrada, then with Raymond Gratien at the École Nationale d'Aulnay-sous-Bois, where he obtained a First Prize with unanimous honors from the jury in June 1988. At the age of 11, Judicaël Perroy began performing concerts, notably as a soloist in two Vivaldi concertos with the Ensemble Instrumental du Mans under the direction of André Girard. He continued his musical studies with Roberto Aussel and Daniel Lavialle. In 1994, he obtained the Concert License from the École Normale de Musique de Paris in the class of Alberto Ponce, and in 1996, he earned the First Prize from the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP). In 1997, he received the First Prize at the 15th GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) Competition in San Diego, USA. Since then, he has performed in the most prestigious halls and festivals (Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, National Concert Hall in Taipei, Teatro de la Republica in Mexico…). In 1998, he recorded his first CD in France with Quantum, which received the "5 Diapasons" award from Diapason magazine. In 2002, a second CD titled "Aspen Suite" was released in the USA. In 2007, he released a double album "La magie de la guitare" published by Bayard Musique. More recently, he recorded two new CDs for the Bayard Presse Méditation collection: the first with flute (Florence Bellon), the second with harp (Joanna Kozielska). In January 2012, a CD dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach was released by Naxos. In December 2014, a new Naxos CD featuring the works of Mexican composer Manuel Maria Ponce was released. His latest CD, released in 2017 for Contrastes, is a recital of works composed in Paris (Fernando Sor, Manuel Maria Ponce, Heitor Villa-Lobos...). His teaching is also highly sought after, as he regularly gives classes at major American universities and European and Asian festivals. For the past fifteen years, his students have consistently entered the CNSMDP and other top schools and have won major international competitions. He teaches at the École Supérieure Musique et Danse Nord de France and was a professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, USA, from 2017 to 2020, succeeding guitarist-composer Sergio Assad. Finally, in September 2020, he was appointed as a guitar instructor at the Haute école de musique de Genève, succeeding guitarist-composer Dusan Bogdanovic. Learn more about Judicaël Perroy  

Cédric Pescia

Professor of Piano

Born in Lausanne, holding Swiss and French nationality, Cédric Pescia studied at the Conservatories of Lausanne (with Christian Favre) and Geneva (with Dominique Merlet), at the Universität der Künste in Berlin (with Klaus Hellwig), and at the International Piano Academy Lake Como (with D. Bashkirov, L. Fleisher, A. Staier, W. G. Naboré, and Fou T’song). Additionally, he perfected his skills with P.-L. Aimard, D. Barenboim, D. Fischer-Dieskau, I. Gage, I. Gronich, C. Zacharias, and the Alban Berg Quartet. He won the First Prize at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in 2002 in Salt Lake City, USA. He gives recitals and concerts with orchestras in Europe, the USA, China, and South America: Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, Konzerthaus Vienna, Wigmore Hall London, Mozarteum Salzburg, Carnegie Hall New York, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, Tonhalle Zurich, Prague Spring Festival, Lucerne Festival, Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Davos Festival, Klavierfestival Ruhr. He has a long-standing collaboration with violinist Nurit Stark. He is the artistic director of the chamber music series Ensemble enScène in Lausanne. He is a laureate of the Leenaards Foundation in Lausanne and the Music Prize of the Vaud Foundation for Culture. For Claves Records, Aeon, BIS, Genuin, La Dolce Volta, he has recorded works by Bach, Beethoven, Schumann, Schubert, Couperin, Messiaen, Debussy, Cage, Busoni, Enescu, and Gubaidulina. In 2012, he was appointed Professor of Piano at the Haute école de musique de Genève. Learn more about Cédric Pescia

Louis Schwizgebel

Professor of Piano

Born in 1987 in Geneva, Louis Schwizgebel studied with Brigitte Meyer in Lausanne and Pascal Devoyon in Berlin. At the age of seventeen, he won the Geneva Competition and two years later, the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. He then studied at the Juilliard School in New York with Emanuel Ax and Robert McDonald, and in London at the Royal Academy with Pascal Nemirovski. In 2012, he won the 2nd prize at the Leeds Piano Competition and was named a BBC New Generation Artist. Louis Schwizgebel performs with orchestras such as the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony, all the BBC orchestras, all the Swiss symphony orchestras including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande and Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse, hr-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Wiener Symphoniker, and the Hungarian National Orchestra. He has worked with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, Marek Janowski, Vasily Petrenko, Lahav Shani, Joshua Weilerstein, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla, Emmanuel Krivine, Robin Ticciati, James Gaffigan, Edward Gardner, Thierry Fischer, Domingo Hindoyan, John Wilson, and Fabien Gabel. He appears at festivals such as the BBC Proms, Verbier, Lucerne, Gstaad, Progetto Martha Argerich, Festival Septembre Musical Montreux-Vevey, Bergen, Usedom, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Rheingau, and Klavier-Festival Ruhr. Louis Schwizgebel records for the Aparté label (Harmonia Mundi). In 2013, he released his first solo album "Poems," followed by Beethoven's Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Saint-Saëns' Concertos Nos. 2 & 5 with the BBC Symphony. His latest album is dedicated to composer Franz Schubert, featuring Sonatas D845 & 958. Learn more about Louis Schwizgebel

Vincent Thévenaz

Professor of Organ - Improvisation (for organists) - Introduction to Music Reading - Music Reading - Music Reading and Transposition - Chamber Music with Organ

Vincent Thévenaz is a professor of organ and improvisation at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, and the titular organist and carillon player at the St. Peter's Cathedral in Geneva. He is frequently invited for concerts, competition juries, and masterclasses across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. With a comprehensive education spanning organ, piano, classical and jazz improvisation, musicology, music theory, conducting, singing, French and Russian literature, Vincent Thévenaz continuously seeks to invigorate and diversify the organ world. He pushes the boundaries of genres and enriches his interpretations with a profound knowledge of works and their contexts. His repertoire ranges widely from medieval to contemporary and current music of various origins. Vincent Thévenaz has developed a significant focus on improvisation, exploring the power of the present moment. He practices improvisation in liturgy, concerts, and accompanying silent films. His teaching is enriched by an approach that views written music as an endless source of inspiration and improvisation as a questioning of freedom in interpretation. As a recognized specialist in the harmonium, he owns a collection of high-quality historical instruments and performs them in recitals and ensembles. His expertise has led him to collaborate with musicians such as Leonidas Kavakos and Yuja Wang, and with the Scharoun Ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic, earning praise from Simon Rattle: "played by you, the harmonium becomes a living and exciting instrument." He combines the organ with numerous instruments of diverse origins, including classical (violin, flute) and unusual (saxophone, Alpine horn, percussion) sounds, and plays cousin instruments such as carillon, cinema organ, Hammond organ, keyboards, and percussion. Vincent Thévenaz is also known for his arrangements, transcribing music of various styles for organ or chamber music formations, and collaborating with orchestras and ensembles. He arranged and directed the annual show "Chantons Noël," creating an original setting for traditional melodies. He also arranged a version for ensemble of Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." In 2009-2010, he performed Bach's complete organ works in 14 concerts, followed by Mendelssohn's organ works in 2017, both receiving great acclaim. His duo "W" with saxophonist Vincent Barras has produced two CDs of original repertoire. He has recorded two critically acclaimed CDs with Sony's Ensemble Gli Angeli Genève (Stephan MacLeod). For the 50th anniversary of Geneva Cathedral's Metzler organ, he produced a CD showcasing the treasures of Geneva composers' organ music. Vincent Thévenaz collaborates with numerous ensembles and conductors (Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Ensemble Contrechamps, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, Lausanne Vocal Ensemble, Capella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon, Valery Gergiev, Heinz Holliger, Michel Corboz, Lawrence Foster, Antonio Pappano, etc.). In 2005, he founded the Orchestre Buissonnier, a young musicians' ensemble, which he regularly conducts. Learn more about Vincent Thévenaz.

James Alexander
Ricardo Castro
Fabrizio Chiovetta
Paul Coker
Alessio Corti
Sylviane Deferne
François Dumont
Nelson Goerner
diana ketler
Perroy Judicael
Cedric Pescia
Louis Schwizgebel
Vincent Thevenaz
Teachers of minor disciplines
  • James Alexander
    Chef-fe de chant, Musique de chambre avec piano
  • Fabrizio Chiovetta
    Piano comme instrument secondaire
  • Alessio Corti
    Orgue comme instrument secondaire, Musique de chambre avec orgue, Improvisation (pour les organistes)
  • Benjamin Delpouve
    Lecture à vue
  • Manon Edouard-Douriaud
    Lecture à vue
  • Raphaël Gogniat
    Harmonie au clavier , Harmonie au clavier et improvisation (pour les pianistes), Piano comme instrument secondaire
  • Diana Ketler
    Musique de chambre avec piano
  • Céline Latour Monnier
    Lecture à vue (pour les chanteurs et chanteuses)
  • Robert Märki
    Orgue comme instrument secondaire, Harmonie au clavier , Harmonie au clavier et improvisation (pour les pianistes)
  • David Marteau
    Harmonie au clavier , Harmonie au clavier et improvisation, Piano comme instrument secondaire
  • Jamal Moqadem
    Harmonie au clavier , Piano comme instrument secondaire, Lecture à vue, Lecture de partitions et transposition
  • Alberto Peirolo
    Harmonie au clavier
  • Marc Perrenoud
    Piano jazz
  • Christophe Sturzenegger
    Piano comme instrument secondaire, Harmonie au clavier , Harmonie au clavier et improvisation (pour les pianistes)
  • Vincent Thévenaz
    Improvisation (pour les organistes), Initiation à la lecture de partition, Lecture de partitions et transposition, Lecture de partition, Musique de chambre avec orgue
  • Johann Vacher
    Piano comme instrument secondaire, Harmonie au clavier , Atelier de recherche (master), Lecture de partitions et transposition
  • Erardo Vietti
    Orgue comme instrument secondaire, Harmonie au clavier , Harmonie au clavier et improvisation (pour les pianistes), Harmonie
  • Audrey Vigoureux
    Piano comme instrument secondaire
Transversal academic functions
  • Noémie Bialobroda
    Professor of Chamber Music with Strings - Coordinator of Chamber Music (GE)
  • Nicolas Bolens
    Head of the Composition and Theory Department - Professor of Counterpoint, 20th-Century Writing, and Practical Writing - Coordinator of General Music Training Modules
  • Guillaume Castella
    Adjoint scientifique
  • Manon Edouard-Douriaud
    Assistante HES
  • Florence Jaccottet
    Head of the Music and Movement Department - Professor of Creative Experimentation Workshop - Jaques-Dalcroze Eurhythmics - Movement Technique and Composition - Coordinator of Physical and Mental Preparation
  • Edmée Pasche
    Coordinatrice de la préparation aux métiers
  • Nancy Rieben
    Coordinatrice de l'enseignement
  • Christophe Sturzenegger
    Professeur d'Harmonie au clavier - Harmonie au clavier et improvisation (pour les pianistes) - Piano comme instrument secondaire - Coordination harmonie au clavier et piano comme instrument secondaire
  • Carine Tripet
    Responsibles of pedagogical programs - Professor of Education Sciences
  • Johann Vacher
    Professeur d'Atelier de recherche Master - Harmonie au clavier - Piano comme instrument secondaire - Journées thématiques (coordinateur) - Coordinateur de la musique contemporaine
  • Gerardo Gustavo Vila
    Professor of Chamber Music – Coordinator of Chamber Music (NE)

Research projects



Le double cursus Master proposer par la HEM me permet de concrétiser mes deux ambitions professionnelles : jouer et enseigner

Hristeia Markova Etudiante en Master en interprétation musicale spécialisée et en pédagogie