Principal Percussionist of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva)
Frédéric Macarez is one of the most active musicians of his generation. Through his different musical and pedagogical activities he has a great commitment to the growth of the percussive arts, the excellence of musical performance and establishing strong links between all the percussion fields.
As the Principal Percussionist of Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva) for 6 years, Principal Snare Drum of the Orchestre de Paris for 7 years then Principal Timpanist of this orchestra for more than twenty years; Frederic Macarez has acquired a wonderful experience of orchestral musician and a complete knowledge of the orchestral repertoire under the direction of prestigious conductors (Daniel Barenboïm, Pierre Boulez, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Paavo Järvi, Armin Jordan, James Levine, Lorin Maazel, Andris Nelsons, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Zubin Mehta, …).
Also Frédéric Macarez is a prominent soloist and chamber musician. He tours throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America where he performs solo recitals, concertos and chamber music concerts with prominent musicians such as Christoph Eschenbach, Tzimon Barto, Martha Argerich, Marie-Josèphe Jude, Alexandre Rabinovitch, Jesse Levine and with Paris-Percu, the chamber music ensemble he founded.
He is also the Director of Percussion Studies at the Conservatoire Régional de Paris and is a sought after clinician, working with students throughout the world. Moreover, Frédéric Macarez is the founder and director of the international percussion festival in Paris “perKumania” which he managed for 13 years. He is also the director of the PAS International Instrument Competition in Paris and the director of the competition “perKu en Herbe” for children.
As a Composer, his works are published by A. Leduc and Alfonce Production, and he is also an editor for percussion music at the French publisher Gérard Billaudot. His works are now very popular and performed all over the world by students and professional performers.