Angèle Dubeau, O.C., C.Q., O.M., C.A.L.Q., DFA
One of the most prominent violin virtuosos of her generation, Angèle Dubeau has led an exceptional career for over 40 years in the great concert halls of the world. While her virtuosity and musicality have seduced critics, concertgoers love 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 her discography have been streamed almost 58 million times in more than 100 countries.
Angèle Dubeau’s musical career remains unequalled. At the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, she earned 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 that classical music should be introduced 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 has been the artistic director of the popular Mont-Tremblant, Québec music festival La Fête de la Musique de Tremblant, which attracts over 35,000 music lovers annually.
Driven by the 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 of for periodic recordings, would gradually become a full-time occupation. From early on, the ensemble gained a solid reputation, playing Canada’s most prestigious venues and on television. “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” noted Le Devoir. 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 over 20 years. The Los Angeles Times noted that “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.” Whether performing alone, in front of an orchestra, or in the intimacy of chamber repertoire with La Pietà, Angèle Dubeau continues to move and astonish audiences, while wanting only one thing: to do it all over 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
- Officer of the Order of Montreal – 2018
She has also received:
- The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal – 2012
- The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal – 2002
- The Ordre des arts et lettres du Québec – 2018
- The RIDEAU Hommage prize from the Réseau indépendant des diffuseurs d’événements artistiques unis – 2018
- A Doctorate honoris causa from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts (Montréal) – 2015
- The Calixa-Lavallée prize from the Société Saint-Jean- Baptiste de Montréal – 1996
Angèle Dubeau plays the “Des Rosiers” Antonio Stradivarius violin (1733).