Augustin Dumay


International critics have compared Augustin Dumay to the great violinists of the 20th century, describing him as a “great classical stylist”, a reputation underscored by his outstanding recordings for Deutsche Grammophon: Beethoven’s complete sonatas with Maria João Pires with Maria João Pires, a set that “surely ranks with Grumiaux/Haskil, Menuhin/Kempff, or Perlman/Ashkenazy” (International Piano), Brahms’ trios in which “the Milstein legacy in Dumay’s playing is wonderfully apparent” (Gramophone), and Mozart’s concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, “without exaggeration one of the finest Mozart violin concerto discs ever made” (Classic CD), in which he “confirms that he is an exceptional interpreter of Mozart as were Stern or Grumiaux before him” (Classica).

Augustin Dumay has been first discovered by the public through the meeting with Herbert von Karajan, his concerts with the Orchestre philharmonique of Berlin and his recordings for EMI (concertos by Félix Mendelssohn, Piotr Llitch Tchaïkovski, Camille Saint-Saëns, Edouard Lalo). Since then, he has been regularly performing 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 conductors 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 ou Robin Ticciati.

In parallel with his violinist career, he has developed during the latest ten years a flourishing activity of conductor. He is regularly invited to direct orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra or the Sinfonia Varsovia. He has been working since 2003 as music conductor of the royal chamber orchestra of Wallonia and has been appointed as music director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka, Japan) in 2011. In 2015, under his conduction, a European tour has brought the KPO for the first time in Germany (Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Mozartfest Würzburg), in Switzerland and in Italy.

Since 2004, Augustin Dumay has been master in residence at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth (Bruxelles), where he has been the professor of high-level young violinists, most of them laureates of great international contests.

His discography – about forty recordings, most of them rewarded by prestigious prizes (Gramophone Awards, Audiophile Audition, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Grand Prix du Disque, The Record Academy Award) – is available under Warner, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx Classics.

He has recorded for Onyx two albums while conducting Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra, and, with pianist Louis Lortie, “Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas” albums.

An album published in May 2015 presents three aspects of his life of musician –soloist, conductor and chambrist – and includes the concerto for violin and the symphony n° 8 by Beethoven as well as the string sextet n.1 by Brahms. His next recording will be dedicated to concerto n.2 by Béla Bartók with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. He has sponsored the creation of the Easter Festival together with Maria Joao Pires and Emmanuel Krivine and since then, he has always been participating to it.