Jean-Claude Casadesus

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Jean-Claude Casadesus while conducting

Jean-Claude Casadesus (born Jean-Claude Probst) is a French conductor.


Casadesus was born in Paris on 7 December 1935, the son of actress Gisèle Casadesus and her husband Lucien Pascal. He began his career as a percussionist before studying composition and conducting with Pierre Dervaux and Pierre Boulez.

In 1969 he was hired as assistant conductor at the Paris Opéra and the Opéra-Comique. In 1971 he co-founded the Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire with Pierre Devaux, and acted as Devaux's deputy there until 1976. In 1976 he became principal conductor of the Orchestre nationale de Lille, performing concerts locally and internationally. He directed the French Youth Orchestra in 2007.

Personal life[edit]

Jean-Claude has been married twice and has three children, his only daughter Caroline (b. 30 October 1962) is an opera singer and his first born son Sebastian Copeland (b. 3 April 1964) is a film director whose mother is Pénélope Copeland, his second son Olivier (b. 2 September 1970) is an actor whose mother is Anne Sevestre.


In 2004, the Victoires de la musique classique awarded him a victory of honour.

Discography with l'Orchestre National de Lille[edit]


  • Le plus court chemin d'un cœur à l'autre, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Éditions Stock
Preceded by
(création de l'orchestre)
Chef principal, Orchestre national de Lille
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Emmanuel Krivine
Directeur musical, Orchestre français des jeunes
Succeeded by
Dennis Russell Davies