Age: 28 years old
Simon Groppe started his studies at the Conservatoire National de Région de Metz in Jazz (piano) and Classical Percussion department. He obtained two Musical Studies Diplomas (Piano-jazz and percussion). After that, he moved to Brussels in order to continue his studies. He started a Bachelor in Jazz Performance at the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles under the direction of Eric Legnini. In this school, he met some great Belgians musicians like Michel Hatzigeorgiou (Aka Moon), Jean-Louis Rassinfosse (Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Horace Parlan). He obtained his Bachelor in Jazz Performance in 2018.
Always curious to learn, he’s currently finishing a Master in Jazz Performance at Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels under the direction of Diederik Wissels. Here, he regularly receives advice from musicians like Nathalie Loriers (Lee Konitz, Toots Thielemans, Brussels jazz Orchestra), Jeroen van Herzelee (Laurent Blondiau, Kris Defoort). Out of school, he’s playing in several groups: Bruteileir Collectif with Matteo Mazzu, Denis Baeten, Ambroos de Schepper, Sylvain Debaisieux and Pierre-Antoine Savoyat, Goa quartet (he received the prize of the Best soloist of the XL Jazz Contest in Brussels), Improbabilis duo with the trumpet player Pierre-Antoine Savoyat (free improvisation), Francesca Remigi’s Soul’s Spring (modern jazz), Trio Momo with Gaspard Sicks and the Anatole Damien (noise music), GHS trio with Pierre Hurty and Thomas Sagne, Groppe et Martin, Noémie Decroix Quartet with Pierre Hurty and Alex Gilson.
Simon Groppe has also developed his own project called Drift with Matteo Mazzu and Gaspard Sicks. Recently, he had the opportunity to play with Aleph, a group led by Akram Ben Romdhane (traditional oriental music mixed with jazz).
Photo credit: Roger Vantilt