Augustin Dumay


Augustin Dumay was first discovered by the public after meeting Herbert von Karajan, giving concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker and making recordings for EMI (concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns and Lalo). He went on to perform regularly with the world’s finest orchestras – Orchestre National de France, Japan Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and many others – under the direction of the greatest conductors of our time, such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Seiji Ozawa, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Charles Dutoit, Iván Fischer, Kent Nagano, Stéphane Denève, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Robin Ticciati. 

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, a set that ‘surely ranks with Grumiaux/Haskil, Menuhin/Kempff, or Perlman/Ashkenazy’ (International Piano), 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). 

Over the last ten years, Augustin Dumay has also become very active as a conductor, both on stage and on disc. From 2003-2013, he was Music Director of the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia (Belgium) and then Principal Guest Conductor until 2015. Since 2011, he has been Music Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Japan). In 2015, under his baton, the KPO toured Europe for the first time, and visited Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

Since 2004, he has been Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Brussels) where he coaches a selected group of highly talented young violinists, many of whom have won prizes at major international competitions. 

His discography – some 40 recordings, the majority of which have received prestigious awards (Gramophone Awards, Audiophile Audition, Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Grand Prix du Disque, The Record Academy Award) – is available on the Warner, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx Classics labels. After a CD presenting three aspects of his life as a musician – soloist, conductor and chamber musician, with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Symphony no. 8, as well as Brahms’ String Sextet no. 1 – his latest recording, released in 2016, is devoted to the Bartók's Concerto no. 2 with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and Kent Nagano.