Philippe Manoury starts music at the age of 9. He takes classes at the École Normale de Musique de Paris where he perfects his work on harmony and counterpoint. At the same time, he studies composition with Philippe Drogoz and musical analysis with Yves-Marie Pasquet. He then studies at Paris Conservatoire where he wins the First Prize of Ivo Malec and Michel Philippot Composition class and an Analysis First Prize with Claude Ballif.

Since he was 19, Philippe Manoury has been regularly participating in major contemporary music festivals and concerts ( Royan, La Rochelle, Donaueschingen, London…), however, the creation of Cryptophonos by Claude Helffer at Metz Festival will be the turning point of its career as a composer.

In 1978, he settles in Brazil and gives classes and conferences on contemporary music in different universities (Sao Paulo, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador).

Back to France in 1981, the IRCAM center invites him as a guest researcher. Since then, he will never stop to participate in the activities of the Institute, as a composer and a teacher. He develops, with the mathematician Miller Puckette, researches on real-time interaction between acoustic instruments and new technologies linked to computer music. From this work will emerge a cycle of interactive pieces for diferent instruments : Sonvs ex machina including "Jupiter" , "Pluton" , "La Partition du Ciel et de l’Enfer" and "Neptune".

For 10 years (1987-1997), he teaches composition and electronic music classes at the Lyon Conservatoire. From 1995 to 2001, he is the residency composer at the Orchestre de Paris. From 1998 to 2000, he is in charge of Aix-en-Provence European Music Academy. Between 2001 and 2003, Philippe Manoury is the residency composer of the Scène nationale d’Orléans.

Philippe Manoury has been granted with the City of Paris composition Grand Prize in 1998.

Among his recent works : Terra Ignota, Partita I ; Synapse ; two string quartets : Stringendo (2010) and Tensio (quartet with electronics, 2010).
Since 2004, Philippe Manoury divides his time between Europe and the United States where he teaches composition at San Diego California University.