French trumpeter Maurice André was born at Alès on 21 May 1933. He studied with Raymond Sabarich at the Paris Conservatoire, winning several prizes. In 1955 he won first prize at the Geneva International Convention.
He played in French orchestras and jazz groups, and began his solo career in 1963. He gained international attention for recordings of baroque music in the 1960s and 70s, many for Erato, and went on to make more than three hundred recordings.
When Sabarich died in 1966, André took over as trumpet professor at the Paris Conservatoire, then retired to the south of France, where he died, at Urrugne, aged seventy-eight, on 25 February 2012.