Gilles Grimaître, born in Geneva in 1988, began to study piano at the Institut Jaques-Dalcroze in 1998. He also studied improvisation and took an avid interest in composition and contemporary music. He entered the Hochschule der Künste Bern where he continued his musical training with Prof. Pierre Sublet. He also studied the organ with Pascale Van Coppenolle and composition with Xavier Dayer. In 2013 he received his Master Performance diploma with distinction. He attented lessons from notorious pianists such as Michel Dalberto, Florence Millet, Ueli Wiget, Hermann Kretzschmar and Hidéki Nagano.
Very active in the contemporary music field, Gilles Grimaître collaborated with composers such as Stefano Gervasoni, Franck Bedrossian, Gérard Zinsstag, Klaus Huber, Philippe Manoury, Pierre Jodlowski. He has premiered several works and encourages composers to write for him.
As soloist and chamber musician, Gilles Grimaître performs regularly in Europe. He often plays with Ensemble Contrechamps, Collegium Novum Zürich, Ensemble Proton and Ensemble Modern, under the baton of conductors including Heinz Holliger, François-Xavier Roth, Peter Rundel, Michael Wendeberg, Facundo Agudin and Pablo Heras-Casado.
In 2012 he took part in the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, playing amongst others the piano solo part in Charles Ives’ Symphony no 4 conducted by Peter Eövtös.
He specializes in the accompaniment with vocalists, working often as an opera accompanist. He is also an active improviser and plays in the experimental band [bleu].
He is a founding member of the contemporary music ensemble Ensemble Lemniscate in Basel.
Gilles Grimaître won the first prize at the 2013 Nicati competition for contemporary music and received scholarships from the Marescotti Foundation, the Irène Dénéréaz Foundation and the Gabriele De Agostini Foundation.
He was scholarship holder at the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt/Main for the academic year 2013-2014.