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Angèle Dubeau

Angèle Dubeau

ANGÈLE DUBEAU
O.C., C.Q., O.M.

Angèle Dubeau has pursued a career as a classical musician for over 40 years and has played in as many countries, always with the same passion, zest and generosity. Beyond her virtuosity as a musician, this exceptional woman has other qualities that have earned her a special place in the hearts of her audiences. While her virtuosity and musicality have won over critics, audiences adore Angèle Dubeau for her captivating music, her uncommon gift as a communicator, her generosity, and her outstanding ability to connect with listeners. She has garnered many awards over the years, and she is one of the few classical violinists in the world to earn gold records. She has sold over 600,000 albums over her career, and works from her discography have been streamed over 115 million times in over 100 countries. 

Angèle Dubeau has had an exceptional career. At the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, she received a First Prize (master’s degree) in violin at age 15, studying with Raymond Dessaints, and a First Prize in chamber music at age 16. She then moved to New York City to study 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.

Angèle Dubeau is as deeply convinced as ever of the need to guide the general public to a better understanding of music. She devotes herself to making it accessible by reaching across borders, generations, and backgrounds. “I like to think that music is a universal treasure that almost everyone can share,” she explains. In addition to the numerous concerts she gives, this truly passionate musician communicates her love of music and culture through televised music programs for young audiences, popular concerts, and the Fête de la Musique de Tremblant, a festival she founded over 20 years ago that features Canadian artists and their works and attracts over 40,000 music lovers annually. “Contact with art opens up our senses and colours our lives,” she affirms.

Driven by a desire to innovate, Angèle Dubeau founded La Pietà in 1997, an all-woman 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 the occasional recording, would gradually become a full-time occupation. From early on, the ensemble earned a solid reputation, playing Canada’s most prestigious venues and on television. Known for their virtuosity and precision, their rich interpretations, and above all the contagious joy that enlivens their stage presence, Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà have crisscrossed the world for almost 25 years.

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Translation: 37e Avenue

For her talent and her exceptional contribution to the country, Angèle Dubeau has been appointed and has received:

  • 2012 – Officer of the Order of Canada (Member of the Order of Canada since 1996)
  • 2004 – Knight of the Ordre national du Québec 
  • 2018 – Officer of the Order of Montreal
  • 1996 – The Calixa-Lavallée prize from the Société Saint-Jean- Baptiste de Montréal
  • 2002 – The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2012 – The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2015 – A Doctorate honoris causa from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts (Montreal)
  • 2018 – The RIDEAU Hommage price from the réseau indépendant des diffuseurs d’événements artistiques unis
  • 2018 – Compagne des arts et lettres du Québec
  • 2019 – Prix Denise-Pelletier, Prix du Québec in performing arts

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

Career highlights:

  • MORE THAN 115 MILLIONS STREAMS TO THIS DAY
  • MORE THAN 600 000 ALBUMS SOLD
  • MORE THAN 40 YEARS OF CONCERTS IN 40 COUNTRIES
  • GOLD RECORD for the album On Wings of Song (1995)
  • GOLD RECORD for the album Infernal Violins (2007)
  • GOLD RECORD for the album A Time for Us (2012)
  • Many “Recording of the week” mentions in classical radio programs in the US and Europe
  • At the ADISQ Gala: 18 FÉLIX PRIZES FOR “CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR”

These albums were awarded:
Album Blanc

  • Best Classical Album of 2014 (iTunes Canada)
  • Top 10 Best classical albums of 2014 (Classic FM Radio, Londres)
  • Top 15 favourite CDs of KDFC in 2014 (KDFC Radio, San Francisco)
  • Top 10 Most-Coveted New Classical Tracks Albums of 2014 (Minnesota Public Radio)

Album Portrait: Ludovico Einaudi

  • Best contemporary classical violin album in the world (iTunes)
  • Top 10 best albums of 2015 (ArkivMusic Magazine)
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