Angèle Dubeau, O.C., C.Q., DFA
One of the most prominent violin virtuosos of her generation, Angèle Dubeau has been leading an exceptional career for 40 years in the great concert halls of the world. While her virtuosity and musicality have seduced critics, the public has adopted Ms. Dubeau for her uncommon gifts as a communicator and her outstanding ability to connect with. She has garnered many awards over the years, and she is one of the rare classical violinists in the world to have been awarded gold records. Her album sales have surpassed 600,000 albums during her career. The works from the violinist’s discography have now been streamed more than 35 million times across more than 100 countries.
Angèle Dubeau’s musical trajectory remains unequalled. At the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, she obtained a Premier Prix in violin at age 15 and a Premier Prix in Chamber Music at age 16 (Master’s Degree in Music). Feeling ready to spread her wings even further, she moved to New York to work with Dorothy DeLay at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, then, from 1981 to 1984 she studied in Romania with the eminent pedagogue Stefan Gheorgiu. She has won several national and international competitions. Convinced of the need to introduce classical music to a wider audience, Ms. Dubeau has been a pioneer in programming and hosting gala concerts and weekly music television shows such as the famous Radio-Canada show “Faites vos gammes”. Since 1995, she is the artistic director of the popular “La Fête de la Musique de Tremblant”, a music festival in Mont-Tremblant (Qc), Canada, which attracts over 35,000 music lovers annually.
Transformed by the desire to innovate, Angèle Dubeau founded La Pietà in 1997, an all-female string ensemble featuring some of Canada’s best musicians. What she could not have known at the time was that this experiment, originally conceived for periodic recordings, would gradually become a full-time occupation. From early on, the ensemble gained a solid reputation, playing Canada’s most prestigious venues and on television. “Precise attacks, excellent ensemble playing and energy… One would think oneself magically transported to the blessed era of the Solisti di Zagreb… passion, presence… The musicians’ smiles are contagious” noted Le Devoir. Known for their exceptional virtuosity and impeccable precision, their rich interpretations, and above all the contagious happiness that enlivens their stage presence, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà have crisscrossed the world for 20 years. The Los Angeles Times noted that “Dubeau is an exciting, dynamic fiddler… The performances were consistently robust and inquiring, taking nothing for granted… Dubeau’s well-drilled band played with agility, power, a nicely weighted sound and a fierce joy in the doing.”
Whether standing alone, in front of an orchestra, or in the intimacy of chamber repertoire with La Pietà, Angèle Dubeau continues to move and astonish us, while wanting only one thing: to start again.
For her talent and her exceptional contribution to the country:
- Member of the Order of Canada – 1996
- Calixa-Lavallée prize from the Société Saint-Jean- Baptiste de Montréal – 1996
- Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal – 2002
- Knight of the Ordre national du Québec – 2004
- Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal – 2012
- Officer of the Order of Canada – 2012
- Honorary doctorate from Montreal Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts – 2015
Angèle Dubeau plays on the “Des Rosiers” Stradivarius violin (1733).