(bap. Gray, 7 Aug 1731; dVersailles, 11 June 1790). Bassoonist and oboist. His father Nicolas-Emmanuel Jadin (bap. 1704; d 1758) had his musical training at the cathedral of St Aubain in Namur and emigrated to the Franche-Comté in 1720. In 1731 he was an oboist in the Beauffremont regiment. François probably went to Paris when his father died, and married Marie-Marguerite Raiffer there in 1760. In the same year he entered the royal chapel at Versailles as a bassoonist. In September 1770 he succeeded Hotteterre, and became one of the grands hautbois of the chambre et écurie du roi. He was appointed gentleman usher to Victoire, Louis XVI’s aunt, in 1777. He took part in various concerts, including the Concert Spirituel of 1768, and in 1782 was granted a pension to which another was added in 1786, the year of his retirement.
Jadin’s brothers Georges Jadin (i) (bap. 1742), an oboist and Jean-Baptiste Jadin (bap. 9 Sep 1744; d c1789-90), a violinist, both played at the Namur Cathedral before entering the bishop’s small chamber chapel. They both went to Brussels, where in 1763 Georges was engaged as a member of Charles of Lorraine’s chapel orchestra. Jean-Baptiste then seems to have gone to Paris; his compositions (published in Brussels) include six quartets op.1 (1777), six symphonies op.4 (1778) and six trios (two violins, cello) op.5 (1778). Jadin’s three sons were also musicians. Paul-Adrien Jadin (b 12 Aug 1762; d after 1790) played in the king’s bodyguard at the time of his marriage in Paris on 9 June 1790. Valentin-François Jadin (b 8 Dec 1763; d after 1841) succeeded his father as gentleman usher to Victoire of France in 1788, and held the appointment until 1792. He taught the piano, and was also a composer of several keyboard works and romances. Wagner stayed with him in 1841, and gives an amusing description of him in Mein Leben. Georges Jadin (ii) (b Versailles, 31 Aug 1773; d after 1813) was a singer, making his début at the Théâtre Feydeau in a two-act folie, L’histoire universelle. According to Fétis, he taught singing in Paris until 1813, and music at the college of Pont Levoy. His compositions include a number of piano pieces and romances.