Mathis Saunier, born in 1999 in Annemasse (France), has been studying electric guitar since 2004, classical guitar with Matteo Mela from 2012 to 2018, and composition with Arturo Corrales from 2016 to 2018 at the Geneva Conservatory. In parallel, he founded in 2016 the collective Mauvais Sang. Since September 2018, he studied composition with Matthew Kaner at the Guildhall School Music & Drama in London. He collaborates with ensembles such as the Nouvel Ensemble de Neuchatel (NEC) or the United Strings of Europe. Passionate about cinema, his musical world is a fusion of electronic music, acoustics, and visual art, which he attached a great importance. In his work, he likes to start from an idea, a concept and push
them to their extreme logic, an uncompromising universe.
Mathis collaborated with renowned international ensembles such as the Nouvel Ensemble de Neuchatel (NEC) and the United Strings of Europe who played his first prominent piece, Palindrome at venues such as Antigel Festival in 2019, or the Ligeti Quartet who will record his latest project, Odyssey Y, premiered by Wooden Elephant at Podium Festival in May 2021.
Besides those projects, Mathis developed a conceptual instrument based on a guitar set up to obtain the sound as close as possible of an Ondes Martenot. This unprecedented project resulted in an EP and an album that gave him the incredible opportunity to collaborate with composers such as Cassandra Miller, Anna Meredith, or Laurence Crane.