Jean-Philippe Koch started learning the piano at the age of five and went on to study at the Luxembourg Conservatoire. At the age of 17, he continued at the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken, and completed a Master’s degree course at the Liège Royal Conservatoire, where he graduated with ‘grande distinction’ and also won the prize for the highest mark in his Master’s course. Having also studied in Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has been awarded a scholarship by Berklee school for his studies.
Always on the lookout for new approaches to piano, Jean-Philippe has attended master classes given by L. Boulet, P. L. Aimard, K. Stott, D. Protopopescu, C. Fontlupt, J. Longrée-Poumay, T. Duis, S. Demay and others. Alongside this, he obtained Baccalaureates in musical notation and musical analysis. Prior to that, he studied composition and musical notation at the Luxembourg Conservatoire. In 2014, he joined the teaching staff of this school as a piano teacher.
Jean-Philippe also has a keen interest in improvisation, jazz and composing, performing both alone and as part of a group. He studied jazz piano at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and at the Codarts University Worldmusic and Dance Center in Rotterdam. With the Jazz band Dock In Absolute made up of Michel Meis (percussion) and David Kintziger (double bass), he is travelling around the world to present its music including China, Japan, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Netherlands… Their fresh approach to jazz allows them to push boundaries, and to explore the potential of new unique wave of sounds while adding strength to the jazz field. With a shared love of jazz, they combine different styles of classical and rock, with visual arts playing the pianist’s own compositions and co-created their unique jazz style in 2012. They also recorded an album under the Label CAM Jazz.
Jean-Philippe has recorded four Cds, the last one under the label EtCetera, with his father, Philippe (violin), and his sister, Laurence (violin), as part of the Koch Trio. The Trio played inter alia at the Berliner Philharmonie, Luxembourg Philharmonie, Christophori Salon in Berlin, Paris Goethe Institut, London Conway Hall, Dublin, Madrid Conde Duque… and continues to present its music to the world.
Jean-Philippe was awarded the gold medal, with a special commendation from the panel of judges, at the UGDA Young Soloists Competition in Luxembourg. In the same year, he was also awarded the SACEM Prize, the EMCY (European Union of Music Competitions for Youth) Prize and the prize for the best composition for piano at the Artistes en Herbe international composition competition.
"… Jean-Philippe Koch s'en prend aux Bagatelles de Bartók avec netteté et légèreté: un sans-faute avec un sang-froid et une maîtrise impressionnants…" - Wort.lu
"… Jean-Philippe Koch se présenta avec beaucoup d’assurance dans sa technique et de sensibilité dans son phrasé. Dans son jeu très vivant, bien structuré et développant une grande tension, on sentit l’étoffe et la volonté d’un artiste possédant la maîtrise de son talent, une force de concentration exceptionnelle et un grand talent de communication…" - Pizzicato
"… Jean-Philippe Koch nous surprit par son agilité vigoureuse et une vitalité exaltante, le pianiste montra de beaux contrastes expressifs : L’artiste possède un toucher précis et une sûreté naturelle…" - Luxemburger Wort