Augustin Dumay

BIOGRAFIA
AUGUSTIN DUMAY
Biography


Augustin Dumay was born in 1949 in Paris into a family of musicians, and began violin lessons at the age of five after his parents took him to hear Nathan Milstein, who later became his teacher. In 1959 he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where he studied the violin with Roland Charmy and chamber music with Jean Hubeau, remaining there for two years and taking a premier prix in 1962 before continuing his musical education privately. His recital début at the 1963 Montreux Festival attracted the attention of Henryk Szeryng, who recommended him for a tour of South America. On his return he became a pupil of Milstein, and later studied in Brussels for seven years with Arthur Grumiaux. In 1967, while still studying, he began his career, both as a soloist and as a chamber musician collaborating with the pianists Jean-Philippe Collard and Michel Béroff and the cellist Frédéric Lodéon.



1979
International recognition comes when he plays Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto in Paris under Herbert von Karajan and is immediately invited to appear with the Berliner Philharmoniker


Since then Dumay has performed regularly with leading orchestras, including the Orchestre national de France, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Japan Philharmonic, London Symphony, and English Chamber Orchestra, with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Sanderling, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos

1988
Becomes Music Director of the Orchestre de chambre national de Toulouse (until 1991)

1989
Plays in the première of Wolfgang Rihm’s Sonata for Violin and Cello; begins an extensive collaboration with Maria João Pires; since then the two artists have appeared together to great acclaim throughout the world

1991
First Deutsche Grammophon release of a recording by the partnership of Dumay and Pires: Mozart’s Violin Sonatas K. 301, 304, 378, and 379

1992
Visits Japan on an extended recital tour with Maria João Pires; CD release, with Pires, of Brahms’s 3 Violin Sonatas

1993
CD release, with Pires, of Grieg’s 3 Violin Sonatas

1994
Another extended Japanese recital tour with Pires

1995
CD release, with Pires, of Violin Sonatas by Franck and Debussy and works by Ravel

1996
First trio recording with Maria João Pires and cellist Jian Wang: Brahms’s Piano Trios (Grand Prix du Disque, 1997)

1997
CD release, with Pires and Wang, of Piano Trios K. 496 and 502 by Mozart

1998
Tour of Japan and the Far East with Pires and Wang; under a new exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon, Augustin Dumay’s first release appears in the spring of 1998. Featuring Mozart’s Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 5 with the Salzburg Camerata, the recording introduces Dumay directing from the violin and is lavished with exceptional critical acclaim

1999 / 2000
Performances of Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with Pires and Wang, in Lyon, Strasbourg, and Monte Carlo

2000
CD releases this year include Schumann’s Piano Quintet (with Pires, Wang, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and violist Gérard Caussé) and the follow-up to his highly successful first release of Mozart Violin Concertos: the Sinfonia concertante K. 364, with violist Veronika Hagen, and Concerto No. 2, again with Dumay playing and directing the Salzburg Camerata

2000 / 2001
Tour of France and the UK with the Orchestre de Lille, engagements with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Gulbenkian Foundation Orchestra, Montpellier Philharmonic, Athens Kamerata, Israel Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre national de Belgique as well as several recital appearances with Maria João Pires

2002
Complete cycle of Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas with Maria João Pires released this year by Deutsche Grammophon
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