French jazz-influenced modernist composer who rose to fame as a member of the group Les Six. His compositions make use of polytonality.
He studied violin when he was young, but shifted his focus to composition and studied at the Paris Conservatory.
He also taught music at Mills College in Oakland, California.
He married Madeleine Milhaud in 1925, and they had one son who was born in 1930.
One of his students was songwriter Burt Bacharach.