Augustin Dumay, violin
International critics have compared Augustin Dumay to the great violinists of the twentieth century, highlighting his status as “a great classical stylist”, a reputation confirmed by his essential recordings for Deutsche Grammophon: Beethoven’s complete sonatas with Maria João Pires, a recording that “surely ranks with Grumiaux- Haskil, Menuhin-Kempff, or Perlman-Ashkenazy” (Piano International) and Mozart’s concertos with Camerata Salzburg, in which he “confirms that he is an exceptional interpreter of Mozart as were Stern or Grumiaux before him” (Classica).
Augustin Dumay is also very busy in his capacity as a conductor. A regular guest of many orchestras around the world (China Philharmonic, English Chamber, New Japan Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Sinfonia Varsovia, Prague Philharmonia, Orchestre National d’Ile de France, Orchestre National des Pays de la Loire, Orchestre National de Montpellier, etc.), he has been the musical director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan) since 2011.
Since 2004 he has been a Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Brussels) where he teaches highly talented young violinists, most of them laureates of prestigious international competitions.
His discography (EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx Classics) comprises some 40 recordings, most of which have earned him prestigious awards.
He recorded Beethoven’s Concerto with Sinfonia Varsovia and Bartók’s Second Concerto with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano. His latest CD, released in 2018, is devoted to Mendelssohn’s Concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.