Violin History & Timeline
The Roots of Famous Violinists
Robert, eminent French pianist and composer; b. Paris, April 7,1899; d.
there, Sept. 19, 1972. A scion of a remarkable musical family, he absorbed
music at home from his earliest childhood. His uncles were Henri, Marius,
and Francois Casadesus; another uncle, Marcel Louis Lucien (1882—1917),
was a cellist, and his aunt Rose was a pianist. He received his formal
musical education studying piano with Diémer and composition with Leroux
at the Paris Cons. In 1922 he embarked on a wide-ranging tour as a concert
pianist; after the outbreak of World War II he went to the U.S.; taught
classes at various schools. After the war he taught at the American Cons.
at Fontainebleau. He was a prolific composer; wrote 7 syms., of which the
last was performed posth. in N.Y. on Nov. 8,1972. He appeared with his
wife, Gaby Casadesus, in his Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orch. with the N.Y.
Phil. on Nov. 25, 1950. He also wrote a Concerto for 3 Pianos and String
Orch., which he performed for the 1st time with his wife and his son Jean
in N.Y., July 24, 1965. As a pianist, Casadesus was distinguished for his
Gallic sense of balance and fine gradation of tonal dynamics.