Philippe Hattat

Musician

Born in 1993, Philippe Hatatt began his musical studies at the age of eight at the Levallois-Perret Conservatory. He took piano lessons at the Rayonnement Régional Conservatory in Paris in 2006, then completed a baccalauréat in literature. In September 2011 he joined the Music Conservatory of Paris. He graduated in piano (courses held by Jean-François Heisser and Jean-Frédéric Neuburger) and attended composition lessons and a course of chamber music held by Itamar Golan.

He also attended the composition and orchestration courses held by Michel Merlet. He has been playing harpsichord and organ since 2008 with Benjamin Steens, and cello from 2004 to 2014. He attended the Organ Improvisation class held by Pierre Pincemaille at the CRR of Saint-Maur-des-Fossés in October 2014 and obtained a prize in this discipline in June 2016. He has recently participated to several international premières of contemporary music such as the Imago Mundi and Hölderlin-Lieder cycles by Olivier Greif as well as the Studies for piano by Philippe Manoury, performed with Jean-Frédéric Neuburger during the Berlioz Festival held in August 2016. His musical horizon has expanded to medieval music (Gregorian chant, improvised vocal polyphony), extra-European traditional music (Central Java gamelan, Georgian vocal polyphony with ethnomusicologist Simha Arom, traditional Zoroastrian songs).

He was a laureate of the Claude Bonneton Piano International Contest of Sète 2010 (1st Prize and Audience Prize), the 2016 Orléans Piano International Contest (Ricardo Viñes Special Mention Prize, Alberto Ginastera Special Mention Prize, and André Chevillon Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize) and the 2016 Giorgio Cambissa International Contest. Philippe Hattat focuses on other fields of expertise (natural sciences, geology, philosophy, archaeology, anthropology) with a predilection for comparative linguistics and etymology. He is in residence at the Singer-Polignac Foundation.