Pianist, composer and designer


Alain Roche

Alain Roche believes in encounters. Some have been key to guide him on his artistic path. One started his vocation as a professional pianist; another, at music academy, helped him make the right choices: contemporary music over classical, piano over oboe; another one led him to discover the stage and comedy. More recently, his meeting with dancer and choreographer Stephanie Boll, has shaken his core beliefs and led him to question his vision of art and piano in particular. Together, they founded BOLL & ROCHE CIE.

2013 saw the beginning of the unusual project PIANO VERTICAL, when playing the piano became a full body experience for Alain Roche. Handling the physical demands of playing vertically while constantly looking for the groove. He has been involved in all aspects of artistic production and learned the codes – composition, set design, lighting, sound design -.

A mind game helps him to unwind and recharge: “When I lose myself composing, I imagine a ball and the billions of ways it can bounce.”

The ball has already bounced thousands of times leading to many performances – piano, theatre, choreography, cinema – : EXIL (ballet – Greece 1999), TOI, MON INFINITUDE (ballet – opera Kiev 1997), L’HEURE DU SECRET by Elena Hazanov (film – Switzerland 2011), DIE STRASSE, EINSTEIN, OBSESSION, L’INSOLENCE DU PRINTEMPS (dance-theatre, Switzerland/France 2013-2018), INCANDESCENCE, R.O.C.H.E., ON BOUGE ENCORE (Switzerland/France album 2004-2016) and many more.