Frances Adaskin

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Frances Adaskin
Birth name Frances Alice Marr
Born (1900-08-23)August 23, 1900
Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada
Origin Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died March 8, 2001(2001-03-08) (aged 100)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation(s) Pianist
Instruments Piano

Frances Marr Adaskin, CM (August 23, 1900 – March 8, 2001) was a Canadian pianist.


Adaskin was born Frances Alice Marr in Ridgetown, Ontario. She was the daughter of Del and Eunice Marr and the eldest of three siblings.[1] She began playing the piano at an early age under the direction of Whitney Scherer.[1] She also studied at the Alma College (St. Thomas, Ontario) under Thomas Martin and eventually in Toronto at the Conservatory of Music under Paul Wells.[1]

In 1923, her first engagement as a professional accompanist was with violinist Harry Adaskin.[1] She married him in 1926.[2] She travelled with her husband, until 1938, on tour of North America and Europe with the Hart House String Quartet.[1]

Adaskin was also an entertainment writer (mostly of short stories). Many of her works were published in Saturday Night Magazine throughout the 1940s.[note 1][1] She also completed her unpublished memoirs, titled Fran's Scrapbook: A Talking Dream.[note 2]

National Honours[edit]

Adaskin received the Order of China honour on December 15, 1976.[3] It was awarded for "...a life devoted to music as accompanist of international repute and as a soloist and teacher..."[3] She was invested as a Member on April 29, 1977.[4]

Adaskin died in Vancouver on March 8, 2001.[2]


  1. ^ It is unclear what publication of Saturday Night Adaskin was published in the 1940s.
  2. ^ Fran's Scrapbook: A Talking Dream her autobiographical book of memoirs remain unpublished as at 2002.[1]
  1. ^ a b c d e f "Frances Marr Adaskin fonds". University of British Columbia. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Dorenfeld, Joanne; Nygaard King, Betty. "Frances Marr Adaskin". The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. The Historica Dominion Institute. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  3. ^ a b The Right Honourable Jules Léger PC, CC, OMM, CD (18 December 1976). "Frances M. Adaskin » Canada Gazette Part I, Vol. 110, No. 51" (PDF). Canada Gazette. Ottawa: Governor General of Canada. Canada Gazette. Government House. p. 2 (6420 Canada Gazette). Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Governor General of Canada. "Frances M. Adaskin, C.M.". Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 9 January 2012. In recognition of a life devoted to music as accompanist of international repute and as a soloist and teacher beloved of her colleagues and pupils at the University of British Columbia, where she founded the Music Department. 

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