About this project
Former principal Clarinet of the Paris National Opera Orchestra (musical director Gustavo Dudamel), Philippe Cuper was invited by the Berlin Philharmonic, « La Scala de Milano », Bavarian Radio Symphonic, Czech Philharmonic, Moscow Symphonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Ensembles Contemporains in Paris… under the direction of the maestros Sawallisch, Ozawa, Abbado, Maazel, Mehta, Boulez, Prêtre, Dohnanyi, Barenboim, Gergiev, Salonnen, Conlon, Chung, Jordan…
Born in Lille, Philippe Cuper wins many international rewards like Munich, Prague, Viotti, Slovak prize, medal in Geneva, Orvieto, Mravinsky medal in Saint Petersburg after his studies at the Sorbonne University and at the Paris Conservatoire (CNSM) where he got a first prize with exceptionnally high honours. His clarinet teachers were Gilbert Voisin, Guy Dangain, Guy Deplus, Henri Druart and he receive some advices from J. Lancelot, A. Boutard, S. Drucker , J. Hubeau and P. Pasquier.
He was principal clarinet of the Youth World Orchestra and at 20 he was principal clarinet in the Lamoureux Orchestra in Paris, was principal clarinet of the orchestra of the Festival of Luzern. He worked with famous composers like Messiaen, Françaix, Sauguet, Mihalovici, Rosenthal, Berio, Denisov, Komives, Hersant, Zygel, Bacri, Connesson, Girard, Maratka. He played the premiere of many concertos composed by Bacri, Stankovitch or Gronych in Tel Aviv or Paquito D’Rivera clarinets quintets in Boston. Ph. Cuper taught at the CNSM : « Conservatorio Superior de Aragon » (Spain), he is now professor at the Versailles National Conservatory and was invited in many Conservatories and University like Chicago, Cleveland, Mexico, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canberra, Jerusalem, Moscow…
He recorded about 40CD. He played with famous string quartets, Wanderer Trio or pianists, violonists and the Paris Wind Octet that he founded in 1986.