Biographical Notes on Ladislas de ROHOZINSKI
(1886 - 1938)
Composer of French Music


Ladislas de Rohozinski (1886-1938) was born in St. Petersburg in 1886. Of Polish descent, he completed his musical studies in Paris under the direction of Eugène Gigout and Vincent d’Indy.

His name as a composer became known to the public during the first world war, after an interpretation of his first work for orchestra at the "Concerts Classiques de Monte-Carlo" music series, directed by Léon Jehin. The work was an immediate success.

As the war continued, Rohozinski enrolled in the French army as a voluntary. He later received the title of "Chevalier de la légion d’honneur".

In 1919, we find him working as a music critic for major daily newspapers and magazines.

From 1926 to 1928, he establishes himself as the conductor of the Pasdeloup Orchestra for its seasons of classical concerts and ballet at the "Théâtre des Champs Elysées". Despite all of these varied duties, Rohozinski continues to compose. As a result, he creates numerous chamber music works which are greeted with warmth and enthusiasm by the public.

In the journal "Revue de France", Florent Schmitt wrote, "One should note in the work of M. Rohozinski, the fine musicality and harmonious ease with which the instruments are ably treated, both in a solo capacity and in that of a courteous neighbouring rapport where each instrument holds its own, Rohozinski puts all of his technical resources to work in order to attain a maximum of expression - gentle and peaceful music without agressivity, as in a seduction that leaves a charming impression."

In his work on contemporary music in France, René Dumesnil writes: "I have already noted the influence that Debussy has had on some of his most distinguished disciples from the Schola Cantorum. L. de Rohozinski, who was the student of Vincent d'Indy, has been charmed by the magician of the Nocturnes, but being of Polish origin, albeit from the French culture, he has found his own personal accent, as much in his vocal music as in the refined instrumentation of his chamber music works, where he excels; no better than he has known how to combine more subtly the instrumental timbres."To have another view of de Rohozinski's personal brand of art, two sentences from the critic Roland Manuel who understood him so well. He writes that "de Rohozinski's art offers up charms of delicate tenderness" and in reference to one of his works "L'Amertume", "he has discovered a type of high nostalgia, a sad sensitivity which quivers into eternity."

Between the two world wars, Rohozinski’s music was played frequently, by great performers like Lili Laskine, René Le Roy and Jane Bathori, to name but a few. His unexpected death in 1938, just before the second world war, interrupted future knowledge and interpretation of his work.
During the composer's time, a great number of his works were played from their original manuscript, but these were never published. His music is only now being rediscovered and enjoyed, thanks to a renewed promotional effort by his grandson Olivier de Rohozinski.

For further information, please contact : Olivier de Rohozinski
e-mail : m_rohozinski@hotmail.com