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Biography

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 over 40 years in the great concert halls of the world. While her virtuosity and musicality have seduced critics, the public has adopted Angèle Dubeau for her captivating music, her uncommon gift as a communicator, her generosity and her outstanding ability to connect with her audience.

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. She has sold over 600,000 albums  in her career and the works from the violinist’s discography have been streamed over 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, studying with Raymond Dessaints (Master’s Degree in Music), and a Premier Prix in Chamber Music at age 16. She then moved to New York to work with Dorothy DeLay at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music and, from 1981 to 1984, she studied in Romania with the eminent pedagogue Stefan Gheorghiu. She has won several national and international competitions.

Convinced of the need to introduce classical music to a wider audience, Angèle 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 at Canada’s most prestigious venues and on television. 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.

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, Angèle Dubeau has been appointed :

  Officer of the Order of Canada  – 2012 (Member of the Order of Canada since 1996)
  Knight of the Ordre national du Québec  – 2004
• Doctor  (honoris causa) from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts (Montreal) – 2015

She has also received:

  The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee  Medal – 2012
  The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee  Medal – 2002
  The Calixa-Lavallée prize from the Société Saint-Jean- Baptiste de Montréal – 1996

Angèle Dubeau plays on the “Des Rosiers” Stradivarius violin (1733).

Press excerpts

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” – Le Devoir (Montreal)

Angèle Dubeau and her gifted ensemble of musicians play with such radiant warmth and sensitivity that it is impossible to imagine the work better performed.” – The Strad (London, UK)

Dubeau plays everything with alluring sweetness and sophistication and her colleagues match her tender, inflected playing note for note.” – Gramophone (London, UK)

Regardless the format, Angèle Dubeau is formidable.” – The Gazette (Montreal)

If Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà didn’t exist, we would need to invent them!” – Le Soleil (Montreal)

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.” – Los Angeles Times

Rich and vibrant, and performed with a passion.” – BBC Music Magazine (London, UK)

This ensemble has everything. Lyricism? Got it. Excitement? Got it. Style? Got it. Élan? Got it. Enthusiasm? Got it. It’s the hottest chamber ensemble around.” – Soundstage Magazine (Ottawa)

She is all a soloist should be.” – Toronto Star