|Birth: ||Mar. 26, 1906|
|Death: ||May 6, 2002|
British Columbia, Canada
Born in Toronto, Ontario, to Jewish Latvian immigrant parents who raised their four children to become persevering kids, Adaskin played violin in Toronto in silent film presentations. Afterwards, he was a violinist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 1923 to 1936. He married his first wife, Frances James, a soprano around that time. From 1938 to 1952 he was with the Royal York Hotel trio.
By 38 years of age, he studied for seven years with John Weinzweig to become a composer. Other composers he studied with include Charles Jones and Darius Milhaud. He was head of the Department of Music at the University of Saskatchewan from 1952 to 1966, including four years as conductor of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. He then became the Composer-in-Residence until 1972, the first position of its type ever created at a Canadian university. By 1972, he retired to Victoria where he started composing more than half his total of 130 compositions.
Adaskin lost his first wife in 1988, to later remarry to a woman named Dorothea, who was his helping hand in recording some pieces on their own label. He died in 2002, just before the release of two CDs of a five-disc collection for his memory. He is the brother of Harry Adaskin, Leslie Adaskin and John Adaskin.
In 1980, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Created by: Grover1962
Record added: Mar 30, 2009
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