Introduced to free jazz by his teacher in high school, Philip Hornsey discovered contemporary music at McGill University with Pierre Béluse and D’Arcy Gray. After residencies in Germany and in Banff, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Montreal.
Through his work as a freelance percussionist with the Metropolitan Orchestra and I Musici, he maintains a link with classical repertoire, but at the heart of his calling, is contemporary music.
Involved with the Montreal Contemporary Ensemble for more than 15 years, he is also a member of Bradyworks, Ensemble Kore, duo Kovalis (piano and percussion), and he plays often with the NEM.
His explorations in the world of cinema, dance and theatre complement his experience, marked by a desire to discover new sounds, and a curiosity about his audience members.
At the same time, he has started his studio, Timpano Percussion, an enterprise corresponds to his DIY approach to percussion; a practice that has allowed him to realize many of his own projects.