Piano Vertical


It is an unusual musical performance

Were the pianist-composer Alain Roche and his grand piano is suspended in the air, vertically, under a moving crane, to perform a fascinating recital.
It is an overwhelming poetic act!


A technical challenge, made with Swiss invention and precision

Alain Roche, pianist-composer, imagined and invented the PIANO VERTICAL in 2013.
Fernand Kummer, a piano player, developed a system that allows hammers to hit the strings exactly with the same accuracy as when the piano is in its usual position. He has created the only piano in the world capable of playing vertically.
A team of highly experienced specialists from around the country (engineers, choreographers, technicians, stage managers, tuner, manager, etc) are working on this project.


Audaciaus inventor and romantic composer

«With his intense look and dark hair, the Swiss artist composes music of solar quality. With this exceptional concept, he stands out as an audacious inventor, as a pianist with a unique sound. In the service to the theatre, to dance and to the cinema, he creates his very personal style, a world in which sound climates are reshuffled, somewhere between lyricism and cataclysm.
With his performance Piano Vertical, he embraces the airs and gives wings to a romantic explosion..»

Corinne Jaquiéry / 24 Heures




(Aurora & Eventide)

It’s time! Time to stop time

The PIANO VERTICAL seeks to provoke the teeming crowd to somewhere
Let the idler stop, look up to the sky and live a new, although familiar, experience: the emotion of music.
Offering the people a moment of indulgence.
A sunrise or a sunset … Differently!

duration and time: 45′ at sunrise and/or 45′ at sunset
©: 2013 | tour: available



(“Under Construction”)

At the heart of a construction site, at dawn…
200 people seated and equipped with professional headsets…
A work for grand piano suspended in the air and sounds of construction…
An experience!

duration and time: 45′ at sunrise
©: 2019 | tour: available

Alain Roche


Alain Roche

Born in 1973, Alain Roche is a pianist-composer, and scenographer.
Trained in a classical conservatory (EJCM in Delémont, Class of Yana Rondez) and in a conservatory of current music (E.T.M. in Geneva), he moves very quickly towards the conception of music of spectacle.
He composes and realizes the music of multiple theatrical and choreographic plays since 1991.
He recorded and produced albums in trio (Alain Roche Trio) and a polyptych of 5 opus (R.O.C.H.E.) in solo piano.

Trained in the field of the techniques of the spectacle (sound, light and technical direction), he is dedicated to the design of the project and the scenography for the theater and the dance.
He imagines and invents in 2013 the unusual project PIANO VERTICAL. Currently more than 120 performances in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, France, Luxembourg, China, …

He joined the dancer and choreographer Stephanie Boll and founded in 2012 the permanent company BOLL & ROCHE CIE. They create “L’INSOLENCE DU PRINTEMPS(theater) in 2014, “OBSESSION(piano-body duo) in 2015, “PIANO.AMP(recital for piano and amplifiers) and “EINSTEIN(musical and choreographic theater) in 2016, “DIE STRASSE(urban performance) in 2017, “GRANDE-DIXENCE, LA FOURMILIERE HUMAINE” (events for 80 extras and orchestra), in 2018, “CHANTIER” (recital in a construction site for grand piano suspended in the air and sounds of construction), in 2019.

He writes several short film music as well as the music of “L’HEURE DU SECRET” by Elena Hazanov.