French trumpet virtuoso Maurice Andre dies aged 78: family

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French virtuoso Maurice Andre, who started out working in mines before becoming one of the world's biggest names in classical trumpet performance, died aged 78, his family said Sunday.

He died late Saturday in a hospital in the southwestern city of Bayonne, his family said, declining to provide the cause of death.

Andre, who collaborated on more than 250 recordings, was born in a mining community near the southern town of Ales in 1933 and was introduced to classic music by his father.

He was seen elevating the trumpet to the level of serious classical concert music and encouraged contemporary composers like Andre Jolivet and Marcel Landowski to write for the instrument.

Andre gave his last concerts in 2004 before going to live in the Basque Country of southwestern France.

© 2012 AFP

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  • Carol posted:

    on 11th March 2012, 02:57:51 - Reply

    His playing was incredible! I grew up listening to his music. RIP, play for the angels in heaven.