Benoît Delbecq

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Benoît Delbecq
Benoit Delbecq 2007 avec Ambitronix.jpg
Benoît Delbecq performing in Paris, 2007
Born (1966-06-06) June 6, 1966 (age 48)
St Germain en Laye, Paris
Nationality French
Occupation Pianist, composer
Known for Music
Official Website

Benoît Delbecq (born 6 June 1966) is a French pianist and composer.[1]

Early life[edit]

Benoît Delbecq was born in St Germain en Laye, and raised in a musical environment. He started studying piano in Bougival at the age of seven with Nicolle Mollard, a former student of Alfred Cortot. He first studied jazz harmony with parisian pianist Jean-Pierre Fouquey, then joined IACP in Paris (in 1982), a jazz and improvised music school founded and directed by bassist Alan Silva, while he continued high school and furthermore sound engineering studies. In 1983 he met Mal Waldron who encouraged him to work on his own music. As he had become an assistant director for films as well as an assistant in sound engineering, Delbecq finally opted to become a professional musician after attending the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop, Canada, in the summer of 1987, where he studied with Dave Holland, Steve Coleman and Muhal Richard Abrams among others. He then studied composition and music analysis with Solange Ancona at the Versailles National Conservatory, studied with pianist Georges Delvallée at Cachan Conservatory. He went back again to the Banff Jazz workshop in the summer of 1990 where he studied under the direction of Steve Coleman. There he met peers like pianists Ethan Iverson and Andy Milne, saxophonists Tony Malaby and Jorrit Dijsktra, and trumpeter Ralph Alessi among others, as well as British drummer Steve Argüelles, a long-term accomplice.[2][3]

Since 1989, Delbecq has participated in nearly a hundred discs. He performs solo piano and solo electronics ("MadMacs"), leads or co-leads a number of bands from duos to quintets, and is involved in many multi-disciplinary productions of theater, dance, the visual arts, cinema etc.


Benoît was awarded the Prix de la Sacem in 1995 (with collective Kartet). He was also awarded the Prix de la Villa Médicis Hors les Murs in 2001 and the Civitella Foundation (NY) fellowship in 2009. Both The Sixth Jump and Circles and Calligrams (songlines) were awarded a Grand Prix International de l'Académie Charles Cros,[4]

Selected discography - as a leader or co-leader[edit]

  • 1992 - Kartet Hask, with Guillaume Orti, Hubert Dupont, Benjamin Henocq (ADDA)
  • 1993 - Delbecq Quartet Paintings, with G. Orti, Joseph Carver, S. Argüelles (DEUX Z)
  • 1994 - Les Amants de Juliette, with Serge Adam and Philippe Foch (DOC)
  • 1994 - The Recyclers "Rhymes", with Steve Argüelles and Noël Akchoté (DEUX Z)
  • 1995 - Kartet Pression, with Guillaume Orti, Hubert Dupont, Benjamin Henocq (DEUX Z)
  • 1995 - The Recyclers "Visit", with Steve Argüelles and Noël Akchoté (DEUX Z) plus Walter Weirbos, Kenneth Newby and François Houle.
  • 1996 - The Recyclers "Live in Canada 1995", with Steve Argüelles and Noël Akchoté (Vinyl, Rectangle)
  • 1999 - Ambitronix - We Da Man, with Steve Argüelles (PLUSH)
  • 2000 - Delbecq 5 - Pursuit, with François Houle, Michael Moore, JJ Avenel, Steve Argüelles (SONGLINES)
  • 2001 - PianoBook, with Steve Argüelles (PLUSH)
  • 2003 - Piano solo - Nu Turn (SONGLINES)
  • 2004 - Dice Thrown, with François Houle (SONGLINES)
  • 2005 - Delbecq Unit - Phonetics, with Mark Turner, Oene Van Geel, Mark Helias, Emile Biayenda (SONGLINES)
  • 2006 - Ambitronix - 9volt trippin', with Steve Argüelles (PLUSH)
  • 2007 - La Lumière de Pierres, with Evan Parker and François Houle (Psy)
  • 2008 - Kartet The Bay Window, with Guillaume Orti, Hubert Dupont, Chander Sardjoe (SONGLINES)
  • 2008 - Poolplayers - Way Beneath the Surface, with Arve Henriksen, Lars Juul, Steve Argüelles (SONGLINES)
  • 2009 - Where is Pannonica ?, with Andy Milne (SONGLINES)
  • 2010 - Piano solo - Circles and Calligrams (SONGLINES)
  • 2010 - Delbecq trio - The sixth jump, with JJ Avenel and Emile Biayenda (SONGLINES)[5]
  • 2011 - Silencers - Balance des blancs, with Kim Myhr, Nils Ostendorf and Toma Gouband (SOFA)
  • 2011 - Because She Hoped, with clarinetist Francois Houle
  • 2012 - Crescendo in Duke (nato) - music by Duke Ellington
  • 2013 - "Fun House" Benoit Delbecq and Fred Hersch Double Trio with Jean-Jacques Avenel, Mark Helias, Steve Argüelles and Gerry Hemingway (Songlines).
  • 2014 - "Grand Laps" KARTET with Guillaume Orti, Hubert Dupont, Stéphane Galland (Songlines).
  • 2014 - "Fourth Landscape" trio with Samuel Blaser and Gerry Hemingway (NuScope)
  • 2014 - "Grand Laps" KARTET with Guillaume Orti, Hubert Dupont, Stéphane Galland (Songlines).


  1. ^ Shipton, Alyn (2003). John Shepherd, ed. Continuum encyclopedia of popular music of the world. Continuum. p. 34. ISBN 0826463223. 
  2. ^ Fordham, John (29 October 2003). "Snapshots from Paris". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Walters, John (23 January 2004). "Where has all the music gone?". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  4. ^ Varty, Alexander. "A little bit of sound advice: Top albums of 2010". Vancouver: Straight.Com. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 
  5. ^ d'Souza, Jerry (16 January 2011). "Benoit Delbecq: The Sixth Jump / Circles and Calligrams". All About Jazz. Retrieved 8 August 2011.