Jean-Delphin Alard

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Jean-Delphin Alard
Background information
Born 8 March 1815
Bayonne, France
Died 22 February 1888 (age 72)
Paris, France
Genres Classical
Occupation(s) Pedagogue, violinist
Instruments Violin
Notable instruments
Antonio & Girolamo Amati 1603
Nicolò Amati 1645
Alard Amati 1649
Alard-Baron Knoop Stradivarius 1715
Messiah Stradivarius 1716
Alard Guarneri del Gesù 1742
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume copy of the Alard Strad 1860

Jean-Delphin Alard (8 March 1815 – 22 February 1888) was a French violinist and composer. He was the son-in-law of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, and had Pablo de Sarasate amongst his students.


Alard was born in Bayonne, the son of an amateur violinist. From 1827 he was a pupil of F. A. Habeneck at the Paris Conservatoire, where he succeeded Pierre Baillot as professor in 1843, retaining the post till 1875.[1] He was also a pupil of François-Joseph Fétis.

His playing was full of fire and point, and his compositions had a great success in France, while his violin school had a wider vogue and considerably greater value. He was a representative of the modern French school of violin playing, composed nocturnes, duets, études, etc., for the violin, and was the author of an Ecole du violon, which was adopted by the Conservatoire. Mention should also be made of his edition in 40 parts of a selection of violin compositions by the most eminent masters of the 18th century, Les Maitres classiques du violon (Schott). Alard died in Paris.[1]



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