New York based drummer Philippe Lemm was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands where he started his musical journey at the age of 16. At the age of 19 he was admitted at The Amsterdam Conservatory. In his second year at the conservatory Philippe started touring internationally with jazz trumpeter Saskia Laroo as well as leading his own group Wazabe. At the end of his studies in Amsterdam Philippe was extensively playing with renown Dutch jazz musicians like; Karel Boehlee (Toots Thielemans), Jorg Kaaij (Jazz Orchestra of the Concert Gebouw) and Peter Tiehuis (Metropole Orchestra).
In 2009 he started his second group as a leader: Philippe Lemm Group where he released 2 records with and toured extensively with in Europe.
In 2011 he was a recipient of one of the most prestigious scholarships in The Netherlands; Huygens Scholarship, which allowed him to continue his studies at Manhattan School of Music with John Riley. Philippe graduated in 2013 and receives his Masters Degree from this prestigious institute and becomes the first Dutch drummer that earns his Masters Degree for Jazz Drums from the Manhattan School of Music.
Philippe Lemm performs on drum set and percussion alike, covering a broad range of styles reflecting his wide interest in everything music and his natural feel for groove and texture regardless of genre.
Renowned stages Philippe performed at include Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center DC, Concert Gebouw, Bimhuis and North Sea Jazz Festival. He appears on over 50 cd’s as a side man and released 6 records with groups that he leads or co-leads.
After graduating from Manhattan School of Music Philippe was invited by India’s leading school for contemporary music, True School of Music in Mumbai, to be an Artist in Residence and Head of the Drum Department for 4 months. In india he started to collaborate with Bollywood superstar Shilpa Rao and accompanied he in her “Hard Rock Café India Tour 2013”
Currently Philippe Lemm is working with the New York based group Life Size, Angelo Di Loreto Trio, Olli Hirvonen Quartet, Sharik Hasan New York Quartet, Pat Carroll Group, Roman Rofalski Trio and vocalist Andrea Wood to name a few.
AWARDS / HONORS
1st Prize B-Jazz International Competition
Roland V- Drums Contest, finalist 2007
APES Award for best Album “Voy y Vuelvo” with Nano Stern, 2008
Leidse Jazz Award, finalist, 2009
Huygens Scholarship recipient, 2011
Edison Nomination, Album “How To Kiss” with Susanne Alt, 2012
September 1997 – May 2001 Keizer Karel College, Amstelveen.
Study profile; Management and Organization
August 200 – March 2003 JAMM (preliminary education for conservatory)
Major; drums and eartraining.
September 2003 – June 2004 Conservatory of Amsterdam, Preliminary year
Major: Drum set, Jazz
August 2005 – June 2009 Conservatory of Amsterdam
Major: Drum set performance, Jazz. And a 3 year studies in Indian Rhythms and how to apply them in western music.
Degree: Bachelor of Music (Bmus)
September 2011 – May 2013 Manhattan School of Music
Major: Drum set performance, Jazz
Degree: Master of Music
ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE – ENSEMBLES AND ARTISTS
Roman Rofalski Trio
Susanne Alt Quartet
Thijs Cuppen Trio
Theater company; Jetje en Haar Dansorkest
Philippe Lemm Group
Gabor Csongradi Quintet
Kestutis Viaginnis Quartet
Angelo Di Loreto Trio
Olli Hirvonen Quartet
Sharik Hasan New York Quartet
David Berkman, Joris Teepe
New York Flamenco Jazz Project
Andreas Arnold Trio
FESTIVALS AND MAJOR VENUES
North Sea Jazz Festival
Kennedy Center, DC
Concert Gebouw, Amsterdam
The Bitter End, NY
Zinc Bar, NY
Surinam Jazz Festival, Surinam
Budapest Jazz Festival, Hungary
National Center for Performing Arts, Mumbai, India
B-Flat, Berlin, Germany
Bogui Jazz, Madrid, Spain
Jazz Festival Pamplona
Highline Ball Room, NY
Corsica Jazz Festival
Olli Hirvonen, Detachment. 2014
Life Size, Bright!, 2014
Life Size, Life Size live at Cornelia Street Cafe, 2013
Alberto Anaut, Alberto Anaut Group, Orteca Records, 2012
How To Kiss, Susanne Alt Quartet, for VenusTunes 2012
Introducing, Gizmo!, 2012
Kytopia Sessions, Schradinova, for Universal, 2012
Sintra, Philippe Lemm Group, 2011
Live at the Bimhuis, Susanne Alt Quartet, for VenusTunes 2011
Further Out, The Nexus, 2011
Homeground, Thijs Cuppen Trio, for OAP Records 2011
Pyjama Sessions, Vera Jonas, 2010
On Track, Susanne Alt Quartet, for VenusTunes 2009
One Line Drawing, Jan Schroeder Quartet, 2009
Amsterdam Budapest Underground, 2009
Eleven Windows, Andy Arnold Trio, 2007