After studying in Geneva and Paris with teachers of the eminence of Thomas Friedli, Pascal Moragues and Michel Arrignon, Jérôme Comte won prizes at several international competitions in Paris, Prague and Munich and was awarded scholarships by the Meyer Foundation for Cultural and Artistic Development and the Fondation d’entreprise Banque Populaire. In 2003, he became the first young musician to be sponsored by the Académie Charles Cros.
Starting in 2003, Jérôme Comte embarked on a career as a chamber musician that has taken him all over the world. Among the internationally acclaimed orchestras with which he has performed are the London Symphony Orchestra, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Ensemble intercontemporain, which he joined in 2005 at age of twenty five.
The following year he performed Yan Maresz’s Eclipse for clarinet and ensemble under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. In 2009, he again appeared with Boulez in Elliott Carter’s Clarinet Concerto during a tour of major European concert halls. He recorded the work for Alpha Classics in 2016 with the Ensemble intercontemporain under the direction of Matthias Pintscher.
In 2010 he was invited to perform Boulez’s Dialogue de l’ombre double on the occasion of a retrospective of the composer at the Louvre. Since then he has regularly played the work.
Among significant milestones in Jérôme Comte’s career have been his performances of Unsuk Chin’s Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Matthias Pintscher at the New World Center in Miami and Hans Werner Henze’s Le Miracle de la rose at the Cité de la musique – Philharmonie de Paris.
Jérôme Comte plays exclusively on a Buffet Crampon Tosca Green Line clarinet.