Born in 1979 in Lyon, Samuel Favre started percussion under the tuition of Alain Londeix at the Lyon Regional Conservatory, where he won a Gold Metal in 1996. That same year saw him join the Higher National Conservatory for Music and Dance in Lyon in the classes of Georges Van Gucht and Jean Geoffroy, where he graduated in musical studies in 2000 with first-class honors and unanimity of the jury. Along with his music course, he enrolled for the Aix-en-Provence Festival Academy, as well as the Acanthes Center for Contemporary Music. He also started to work with Camille Rocailleux, composer and percussionist, who invited him to join the ARCOSM company to create Echoa, combining music and dance, and which was performed almost 400 times in France and internationally. As a member of the Ensemble intercontemporain since 2001, Samuel Favre has recorded a number of pieces, including Le Marteau sans maître by Pierre Boulez and Double Concerto pour piano et percussion by Unsuk Chin.