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Claude Delangle

Soloist, researcher and pedagogue, Claude Delangle, one of the greatest contemporary saxophonists, stands out as the master of the French saxophone. Privileged interpreter for classic works, he enriches the repertoire and encourages creation by collaborating with the most renowned composers, including L. Berio, P. Boulez, Toru Takemitsu, A. Piazzolla, and promoting the youngest.

Since 1986, he is invited saxophonist in the Ensemble Intercontemporain, he also appears as soloist with the most prestigious orchestras (London BBC, Radio France, Radio of Finland, WDR Köln, Berlin Philharmonic, Kioi Tokyo). Passionate for his instrument, he goes beyond the work of the soloist and frequents the Musical Acoustic Laboratories of the University of Paris 8. The results of his research on specific acoustics of the saxophone will be for him a precious asset in his collaboration with composers. After obtaining several outstanding Premiers Prix at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique of Paris, Claude Delangle was appointed professor in 1988, where he has created the most prestigious saxophone class in the world. Pupils of all nationalities long to receive this education, which combines concerts with the possibility of studying with important composers and offers a large range of interdisciplinary activities. In Europe, North America, South America, Australia and Asia, Claude Delangle is requested for interpretation courses.

He joins Henri SELMER Paris in 1989 and helps design the Series III range. He is today one of the main artistic advisor for the saxophone development.

He is currently in charge of a collection publishing new repertoires or republishing classic works, not forgetting, however, publication of pedagogical works.

Photo credit : Loïc Guilpain and Laetitia Lecuyer / Henri SELMER Paris


Albums (3)

La Création du monde
Harmonious Breath
" IBERT / TOMASI / RAVEL / MAURICE / SCHMITT / MILHAUD: Works for Saxophone and Orchestra "
Alto Saxophone
Series III alto

The 'Series III' Alto is no doubt the most performing of our catalogue. It is a very accurate model in terms of tuning and emission. It offers a great richness of tone.

Alto Saxophone
Supreme alto

After 100 years of innovation, design, and manufacturing of the saxophone, Henri SELMER Paris redefines the modern identity of the alto saxophone with the Supreme.

Saxophone Accessories
E-flat alto saxophone Claude Delangle mouthpiece

This pioneering bi-material mouthpiece with its unique acoustic and sound properties testifies to Henri SELMER Paris’ evergrowing desire to improve its products. The golden metal ring lines the entire bore and allows for a denser, fuller sound with increased projection. The acoustic performance of this new alto saxophone mouthpiece signed “Claude Delangle” will charm saxophone players and audience members alike.

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Claude Delangle's 30-year career at the Paris Conservatoire
In November Claude Delangle celebrated 30 years of teaching at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris. On this special occasion, he organized 4 days of concerts, master classes, conferences and meetings about the training and the occupation of saxophonist. In a friendly atmosphere, alumni and potential future students gathered around a common passion for the saxophone. This year, the musician also celebrated his 30 years of collaboration with Henri SELMER Paris. As a tester and acoustic consultant since 1989, he has participated in the design of several instruments and accessories, including the Series III saxophone. It was therefore a very symbolic year for this fervent promoter of the saxophone…
An alto mouthpiece signed Claude Delangle
A remarkable demonstration of our expertise, the “Claude Delangle” mouthpiece emphasizes the importance of creativity in the search for sonic perfection while continuing and reinforcing the long Henri SELMER Paris tradition.
United saxophones #3: Claude Delangle plays a concerto by Frank Ticheli
For the third episode of the series, we present a concerto for alto saxophone and wind ensemble by Frank TICHELI, performed by Claude Delangle and the Orchestre d'Harmonie de la Région Centre (OHRC).
Claude Delangle and the body wisdom
Professor at the CNSM in Paris, Claude Delangle also chairs the Conservatoire's sports and cultural association (ASCCV). Himself an adept of the Pilates, he invites each musician to take care of his/her first instrument: the body.
Music transmission, a family affair?
For many musicians, music is a passion that is transmitted from parents to children. There is no shortage of famous examples: the Bach, the Couperin, the Philidor, and more recently the Marsalis, the Freeman or the Delangle…
Supreme Alto Saxophone, the new era
After 100 years of innovation, design, and manufacturing of the saxophone, Henri SELMER Paris redefines the modern identity of the alto saxophone with the SUPREME. The creation of the Supreme embodies the culmination of centuries of expertise, combined with a perfectly mastered manufacturing process that lives up to the ambitions of the SELMER company.
Outings and event
Andorra Sax Fest, 1-8 april 2023
As one of the most important saxophone festivals in the world, the Andorra Sax Fest thrills Andorra every year with concerts, competitions and workshops with the greatest.
[VIDEOS] Testimonials from artists who play the Supreme
Released in February 2021, the Supreme is distinguished by its richness of tone, its ease of playing, but also its incomparable accuracy and great projection capacity. It pushes the boundaries of playing and rises above musical aesthetics. Saxophonists from a wide variety of backgrounds share their thoughts on this extraordinary instrument...
Outings and event
[Report] Pedagogical Meetings for the Saxophone 2022
On September 30th, the event gathered more than one hundred French-speaking teachers, from all regions, all sizes of structures, and all musical genres. On the program: concerts and discussions on online teaching, the use of effect pedals, the repertoire, the various courses, the feminization of the saxophone, the ASAX…
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