Philippe Dinkel was born in Vevey and has completed his piano studies in Lausanne (Philippe-Jules Godard), Geneva (premier prix de virtuosité, class of Harry Datyner), Bloomington (Indiana University, Alfonso Montecino) and Brussels (Pascal Sigrist). Chamber music is highly important in his concert activities, notably within the Trio Musiviva (1st prize of the Colmar competition), with the Quatuor Sine Nomine, as well as with various other artists and ensembles.
He also got a Master of Musicology at the Geneva University. Author of numerous articles and conferences, he has taught musicology, music history and analysis before becoming head of the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève, and from 2009 of the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève.
He has been president of the Conference of the Swiss Music Universities and also served on the board of the Association Européenne des Conservatoires and has served in various jurys including the Clara Haskil competition and the Tchaikovsky competition for young musicians. He is also serving on the board of the Geneva Competition and dean of the Music Department of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland.