Frédéric Bevilacqua was born in Lausanne, Switzerland. He followed both musical and scientific studies. In 1991 he obtained a degree in physics and then in 1998, a doctorate in biomedical optics from the Federal Polytechnic School in Lausanne. He also studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1992–1993) and has participated in different musical projects, either as a pianist or as a composer. Since October 2003 he has been in charge of research on the capture and analysis of gesture at Ircam as a member of the Real-time Applications Team, and also works with the Performing Arts Technology Research Team at Ircam.