A French composer born in 1955 in Domfront.
After studying at Toulouse (conservatory and university), Philippe Hurel entered the Paris Conservatory (1981), followed the teaching of Ivo Malec, Betsy Jolas and Tristan Murail, and attended two courses of musical research at Ircam. The founder of the ensemble Court-circuit, he has been its artistic director since 1991. He has also taught at Ircam (1997-2001) and is associate teacher at McGill University in Montreal. His music features the ambiguity of contrapuntal sensation and tone-colour evolution. His stylistic heterogeneity is based on the use of micro-intervals, complex rhythmic structures – each voice being assigned a different process – and jazz rhythms since 1991 (Six miniatures, 1991-1993). His works include La célébration des invisibles (1992), Flash-back (1998, premiered at Musica), Aura (2002, written during his residency with the Philharmonie de Lorraine), Hors-Jeu (2006, commissioned by Radio France and Ircam), Phasis (2007, premiered at the Berlinerfestpiele).