de Roos was born on March 10, 1907 in The Hague where he died on March
De Roos studied piano, violin and viola at the Royal Conservatory in The
Hague and composition with Johan Wagenaar. He went to Paris and took private
lessons with Isidor Philipp (piano), Charles Koechlin and Roland Manuel
(counterpoint), Pierre Monteux (conducting); later he studied with Herman
Scherchen (conducting) and Sem Dresden (orchestration).
From 1946 to 1956 he was cultural attaché of the Dutch Embassy
at Paris and in 1957 he became the First Secretary for Press and Cultural
Affairs at H.M. Embassy at Caracas (Venezuela) and in 1961 also for Bogota,
Quito, La Paz and Lima. Later he was the counsellor for Cultural Affairs
and head of the Department Information and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy
in London and from 1967 to 1973 at Buenos Aires and Asunción (Paraguay).
Robert de Roos composed in an idiom that is essentially traditional. In
addition to orchestral works, concertos, chamber music, songs and piano
works, he wrote incidental music and an opera. His chief works are Variations
sérieuses (1947) and Suggestioni (1961) for orchestra, Concertos
for violin (1950) and piano (1944), Sextuor (1935), 7 string quartets
and the Trio for piano, violin and and violoncello (1968).
Dutch Sonatines for piano I