Jean-Pierre holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition and Theory from Harvard University and earned a B.A. in Music from UCLA, graduating magna cum laude. He was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. A native of France, he studied Engineering at the Ecole Spéciale des Travaux Publics in Paris. Jean-Pierre spent several years teaching and composing music in American universities and participating in the International Computer Music Association. His works have been performed in the U.S. and France by ensembles such as the UCSC New Music Ensemble, Stanford Alea II, Menlo Park Trinity Choir, Ensemble de Musique de Chambre de Radio France, and Ensemble 2e2m. He has received several awards including Harvard's Bohemians Prize, the George Arthur Knight Prize, and an "April in Santa Cruz" Music Festival Commission. A former Camargo Fellow, Jean-Pierre spent the 1979-80 academic year composing in Cassis.
Jean-Pierre most recently lived in Palo Alto, California, where he was a technology and business consultant. He worked as a technical leader and/or project manager for Inxight Software, Sony Corporation, Stanford University, Inxight Xerox PARC, McGraw-Hill Home Interactive and IntelliGenetics. At Sony, he led a multinational team developing multi-track recorder/editor software for the next-generation Super Audio CD format. At Inxight Xerox PARC, he was a lead architect of novel visualization techniques of large databases. At IntelliGenetics, he co-authored several scientific papers as well as managed programming teams and spearheaded strategic partnership efforts.
Jean-Pierre has published multiple articles and essays, notably on pattern recognition, database similarity searching, and software tools for music composition. Recent co-authored presentations include Super Audio CD and High Resolution Audio at the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique in Paris and Next-Generation Music Learning and Creation at the Sony Broadband Applications Group in Tokyo.
He has been actively engaged in many local and global community initiatives. A flautist who performs solo and in small ensembles and orchestras, he served on the Board of Directors of the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra for several years. In 2004, he founded Musique Vivante in SiliconFrench to promote performances by rising-star French musicians and to foster Franco-American cultural exchange in the San Francisco Bay Area. He worked with the Timbuktu Heritage Institute to help form a team of technical and academic experts who spearheaded an initiative to preserve, physically and digitally, ancient manuscripts in Northern Mali. He is also an avid cyclist and hiker.