Philippe Dinkel, Director, Geneva University of Music, discusses the challenges of determining whether the study of sound and music is an art or science.
Philippe Dinkel is a Swiss pianist and musicologist. He was born in Vevey, Switzerland, and completed his piano studies in Lausanne (Philippe-Jules Godard), Geneva (premier prix de virtuosité, class of Harry Datyner), Bloomington (Indiana University, USA, Alfonso Montecino) and Brussels (Pascal Sigrist). Chamber music is a highly important part of his concert activities, notably within the Trio Musiviva (1st prize of the Colmar competition), with the Sine Nomine Quartet as well as with various other artists, singers and ensembles.
He has also a master’s degree in musicology from the University of Geneva and is the author of numerous articles and conferences. He has taught musicology, music history, and analysis before becoming the head of the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, and from 2009 until now of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
He has been the chairman of the Conference of the Swiss Music Universities and also served on the board of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires and in various music juries such as the Clara Haskil piano competition and the Tchaikovsky competition for young musicians. He is presently the dean of the Music Department of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland.