Deldevez, Edmé(-Marie-Ernest) [Edme, Edouard, Emile]
- Gérard Streletski
[Edme, Edouard, Emile]
(b Paris, May 31, 1817; d Paris, Nov 6, 1897). French violinist, conductor, composer and teacher. At the age of six he began violin lessons with Sudre, who then took him and the young pianist Louis Lacombe on an ‘artistic journey’ of several months. On 1 March 1825 he entered the Conservatoire, where he studied for the next 16 years, winning several first and second prizes and, in 1838, second place in the Prix de Rome for his cantata La vendetta. His teachers included Habeneck, Reicha, Halévy and Berton; with the latter's help he gave a concert of his own compositions on 6 December 1840.
Deldevez began his professional career as a violinist, first at the Opéra from 1833, and then at the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire from 1839. However, conducting became more important, and he took up positions at both institutions from 1847 and 1872 respectively. He became principal conductor at the Opéra in ...