The orchestral and chamber works of French composer Philippe Hurel have been performed throughout Europe and abroad. His orchestral works have been conducted by Pierre Boulez, David Robertson, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. His 2014 cycle, Traits for violin and cello, premiered in Paris with Alexandra Greffin-Klein and Alexis Descharmes. His concerto for clarinet and orchestra, Quelques traces dans l'air, premiered in 2018 with Jérôme Comte and the Philharmonisches Orchester des Staatstheaters Cottbus. He is currently composing a new work for string quartet and electronics for Tana and IRCAM. He was a music researcher at IRCAM in 1985–86 and 1988–89. He founded the new music ensemble Court-circuit in 1991, serving as its artistic director. Hurel served as composer-in-residence to both the Arsenal de Metz and the Philharmonie de Lorraine. He studied musicology at the Université de Toulouse, composition with Betsy Jolas and Ivo Malec, and musical computer science with Tristan Murail.