French saxophone player Claude Delangle.
He has enjoyed a distinguished career as an international soloist, combining concert appearances and recordings with teaching at the highest level. He has become recognized as a master of the French saxophone in classical and contemporary music, and has contributed to the widening of the instrument’s repertoire. He is the dedicatee of numerous works and has given a huge number of first performances.
As the preferred interpreter of the great classical works he has built up the instrument’s reputation and helping it to gain a foothold in the output of contemporary composers. Since 1986 he has worked with the Ensemble Intercontemporain at the invitation of Pierre Boulez. He has also collaborated with David Robertson, Peter Eötvös, Kent Nagano, Armin Jordan, Myung-Whun Chung, Lawrence Foster and Leonard Slatkin.
As a soloist he has appeared with such orchestras as the French National Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra (WDR), Avanti! (Helsinki), the Radio France, Monte Carlo, Florida, Zagreb, Moscow and Colorado Philharmonic Orchestras and with the Percussions de Strasbourg. Since 1992 he has played with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
He has taught at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris since 1988, developing original teaching methods and welcoming such guests as Edison Denisov and Karlheinz Stockhausen.