Philippe Gueit was born on 31 March 1961 in Marseille.
After two bachelor’s degrees (scientific and literary), he continued his studies at the University of Aix-Marseille I. Having received instruction from André Boucourechliev, he holds a master’s degree in musicology.
At the same time, he studied piano at the Lycée Musical de Marseille.
There he obtained: in 1978, a first major prize unanimously;
in 1980, a unanimous Concert degree (Marcel Marqueste’s class).
He had been advised by Arthur Rubinstein.
A laureate of the Laurent Vibert Foundation of Lourmarin, he participates in composition workshops (in Siena with Franco Donatoni, in Aix-en-Provence with Henri Dutilleux and Witold Lutoslawski).
In 1987, he was unanimously awarded a gold medal as a conductor at the Conservatoire d’Aix-en-Provence (Pierre Villette’s class). In October of the same year, he entered the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève in conducting orchestra (class of Arpad Gerecz), and continued his activities in French-speaking Switzerland.
He was a lecturer at the University of Provence from 1985 to 1996. Professor at the Conservatoire National de Région de Marseille since 1992, Philippe Gueit has held the position of Study Advisor. He regularly participates in the International Academy of Piano Nights in Aix-en-Provence.
A secondary school teacher since 1989, Philippe Gueit has been Professor of Music Education at the Institution Sainte-Trinité de Marseille since 2003, and is also called upon to resume his studies at the Faculty of Aix-en-Provence the following year.
Philippe Gueit is also currently professor of organ at the Conservatoire de Marseille.
Philippe Gueit approaches the organ with Sauveur Bruschini. Holder of the great Cavaillé-Coll organ at Saint-Joseph de Marseille from 1988 to 1999, he worked with organist Jean Guillou, who invited him to Saint-Eustache in Paris to perform several of his compositions for piano and organ with him as pianist.
In September 1999, he was appointed titular organist of the Cathedral of Marseille. He founded the “Musical Vespers” which, together with the “Spiritual Musical Hours”, regularly attract a large number of listeners. He conducted Handel’s Le Messie, which was performed in January 2000 at the Dôme de Marseille in front of 4000 people for the Lacordaire school.
In 2002, he designed and supervised the installation of new large organs at the Cathedral of Marseille, then the successive extensions: choir organ (2006), 5-manual console (2007).
He also holds the organ of the Sainte-Marie church in Saint-Jean-en-Royans in the Drôme region, supervises its restoration work and inaugurates it in December 2014.
The year 2018 was marked by the installation in the parish of the Cathedral of Marseille of a new three-keyboard organ under his responsibility, in the Romanesque church of Saint-Laurent facing the Mucem, where his ownership led him to organize multiple events to promote this instrument.
Concert performer and radio and television regular
From 1992 to 2001, Philippe Gueit was in charge of regional programming on Radio Classique, and has been in charge of classical news on Radio Dialogue since 2001. His show “Le grand entretien de Provence Classique” is regularly televised and podcasted with great success on social networks.
Philippe Gueit gives numerous concerts, either in recital or in concerto (notably with conductors Georges Sébastian, Pol Mule, Henri Gallois, Tetsuro Ban).
He has been entrusted with several world premieres (Paris: Cité des Arts, Musée d’Art Moderne, Radio France, Ircam), and regularly records for France-Culture and France-Musique (including a live piano recital at the Aix-en-Provence Festival). He has also made a series of shoots for the TV channels TF1 and Muzzik, performing several works for solo piano.
He continues to give major concert cycles (2005: complete of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas – 2007: complete of Mozart’s piano sonatas – 2011: Liszt recitals)
– Works by Jacques Lenot (+ Orchestre National de France, conducted by J. Mercier and Ensemble Intercontemporain, conducted by Pierre Boulez) / Harmonia Mundi LP HM5138[Golden Diapason]
– Romantic Christmas for organ / Sonpact SPT 92005[5 Tunings]
– Roquevary: from Bach to Messiaen / Rotary Club 176-001
– Works by Lucien Guérinel / The ED13058 fingerprint[4 stars World of Music]
– Works by Jean Guillou / Philips 462775-2[5 Tuning forks – 9 repertoire]- Reissued by Decca
– Artistic direction of recordings for Calliope and Mandala.