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Augustin Dumay

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International critics compare Augustin Dumay to the great violinists of the XNUMXth century, and underlines his special place as a “great classic-stylist”, confirmed by his essential recordings for Deutsche Grammophon: the complete Beethoven sonatas with Maria João Pires "at classify sûrement to côtés from Grumiaux-Haskil, Menuhin-Kempff, or Perlman-Ashkenazy" (International Piano), the Brahms trios where "l'héMilstein's heritage in Dumay's game is admirably éemptied" (Gramophone), or the Mozart concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, "without exagération l'one of the most beautiful recordings of Mozart's violin concertos everéalisés" (Classic CD), where it "confirm that'he is a wonderful interprèMozartian, as Stern or Grumiaux were once" (Classica).

Augustin Dumay was first discovered by the public thanks to his meeting with Herbert von Karajan, his concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and his recordings for EMI (concertos by Félix Mendelssohn, Piotr Llitch Tchaïkovski, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edouard Lalo). Since then, he has performed regularly with the best orchestras in the world - Berliner Philharmoniker, National de France, Japan Philharmonic, English Chamber, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Symphonique de Montréal, Suisse Romande, Mahler Chamber, Bayerischer Rundfunk among others - under the direction of the greatest current chefs such as Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Seiji Ozawa, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Armin Jordan, Kurt Masur, Eliahu Inbal, Emmanuel Krivine, Rafael Kubelík, Igor Markevitch, Charles Dutoit, Iván Fischer, Frans Brüggen, Kent Nagano, Kurt Sanderling, Evgeny Svetlanov, Alan Gilbert, Dennis Russell Davies, Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Yuri Temirkanov, David Zinman, Alain Altinoglu or Robin Ticciati.

In addition to his career as a violinist, he has developed an intense activity as a conductor over the past ten years. He is regularly invited to conduct orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since 2003, he has held the position of musical director of the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and was appointed in 2011 musical director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka, Japan). In 2015, under his direction, a European tour led the KPO for the first time in Germany (Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Mozartfest Würzburg), Switzerland and Italy.

Since 2004, Augustin Dumay has been master in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Brussels), where he teaches a few very high-level young violinists, most of whom are winners of major international competitions.

His discography - around forty recordings, most of which have won prestigious awards (Gramophone Awards, Audiophile Audition, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Grand Prix du Disque, The Record Academy Award) - is available from Warner, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx Classics.

For Onyx, he recorded two discs at the head of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, and, with pianist Louis Lortie, the albums “Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas”.

An album published in May 2015 presents three aspects of his life as a musician - soloist, conductor and chamber musician - with the violin concerto and symphony No. 8 by Beethoven, as well as the string sextet No. 1 by Brahms . Her next recording will be devoted to Béla Bartók's Concerto No. 2 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. It was with Maria Joao Pires and Emmanuel Krivine that he sponsored the creation of the Easter festival and always remained loyally attached to him.

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