W0020. PHILIPPE CUPER - The Complete Works of Louis Cahuzac (incl.several world premiere recordings). (Germany) Clarinet Classics CC 0065, recorded 24 Feb., 2002, Paris. Final Copy! - 5023581006525
"An important new recording of the complete works of Louis Cahuzac played by Philippe Cuper (Principal Clarinet of the Paris National Opera Orchestra and international soloist on his third CD for Clarinet Classics), who has direct professorial lineage from Louis Cahuzac. One of the great clarinet players of the 20th century, Cahuzac was also prolific as a recording artist. His work as a composer is less widely known, so it is with particular pride that Clarinet Classics presents the only current CD devoted to his music."
- Ned Ludd
"Philippe Cuper is one of the best representatives of the clarinet, soloist, chamber,and orchestral musician ... in all areas he plays with the same ease, the same comforting serenity."
-Le Monde de la Musique
“Philippe Cuper is a French clarinetist considered to be one of the best representatives of the current French clarinet school. Cuper received his early training from Gilbert Voisin (who in turn was a disciple of Louis Cahuzac). Cuper also attended various summer schools taught by Jacques Lancelot.
At the age of 20, he was principal clarinet in Paris Concerts Lamoureux Orchestra. He continued studying the clarinet under Guy Dangain as well as studying musicology at the Sorbonne Paris University. In 1980, Cuper graduated ‘summa con maxima lauda’ from the clarinet class of Guy Deplus at the Paris Conservatoire, he was awarded a ‘Premier Prix’, first named with unanimous vote of the jury for clarinet and also for chamber music in 1981. He then joined in 1980 the Orchestre de la Garde Republicaine as well as the World Youth Orchestra. All the while he continued to study the clarinet with Henri Druart and consulted with André Boutard and Stanley Drucker.
From 1984 he became Principal Clarinet (‘Supersoliste’) with the Opéra national de Paris Orchestra.”