(b Passy, nr. Paris, 1771; d Paris, 1842). Fr. violin virtuoso and composer of 9 vn. concs. Member of Napoleon's private band 1802. Prof., Paris Cons. from 1795. Leader of Paris Opéra Orch. in 1820s. Wrote vn. method (1803) and L'Art du violon (1834).
From The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music in Oxford Reference.