Virtuoso on the oboe; born at Strasburg. He entered the Paris Conservatory, where he studied under Sallantin, taking the first oboe prize in 1799. Later he studied harmony under Rey, and in 1801 was appointed oboe soloist at the Opera Italien and the next year co-professor at the Conservatory. During 1805 he belonged to the band of the Imperial Guard under Napoleon and was present at Austerlitz. During the occupation of Vienna he became acquainted with Haydn and Beethoven. After playing at the Theatre Feydeau he succeeded Sallantin as first oboe at the Opera and as professor at the Conservatory. He made a great success of his teaching, among his pupils being the talented Lavigne, Barre, Colin, Berthelemy and others. In 1825 and again in 1828 he played in the Philharmonic concerts in London, his wonderful execution creating a sensation. He was charter member of the Society of Conservatory Con- certs. He was first oboe from 1815 to, 1830 in the Chapelle du Rpi, receiving the cross of the Legion of H9nor in 1829. In 1844 he retired to private life. Among his compositions are four concertos for oboe; variations with orchestra; marches for military band; concert piece for English horn; potpourris; duos for oboe, etc.