Ulysse Delécluse

Ulysse Delécluse

Clarinettist, professor at the Paris Conservatory and acoustic advisor at Henri SELMER Paris, Ulysse Delécluse was a great name in the history of the clarinet.

Born in 1907 in the Pas-de-Calais, Ulysse Delécluse first studied at the Lille Conservatory before joining the Paris Conservatory. A pupil of François Dreulle, he won first prize for clarinet in 1925. He then began his career as an orchestra musician, and was hired by Charles Munch as a soloist with the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra.

Soloist with the Republican Guard from 1940 to 1950, he was also a professor at the Paris Conservatory from 1948 to 1978. His students included Jean-Noël Crocq, Guy Dangain, Michel Portal and Jean-Marc Volta.

He is the dedicatee of some thirty compositions, notably by Darius Milhaud and Henri Tomasi. He is also the author of numerous transcriptions and study scores, including 14 major Etudes for clarinet, 20 Etudes faciles. This virtuoso musician has released many renowned recordings, including Mozart, Concerto for Clarinet - Chamber Symphony Orchestra; Ravel, Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet; Stravinsky, The Soldier's Story.

Ulysse Delécluse, who died in 1995, was a great Selmer ambassador as well as a great contributor to the Selmer house.