Augustin Dumay joined the Paris Conservatory of Music at the age of ten. At 14 he gave a recital in the presence of Henryk Szeryng at the Montreux Festival. The latter, faced with the problem of replacing a violinist for a tour in South America, recommended the young Dumay. On his return he studied first under Nathan Milstein and then under Arthur Grumiaux in Brussels.
He won international recognition in 1979 when Herbert von Karajan invited him to play as a soloist for a gala concert in Paris. He was immediately invited to play Bartok’s 2nd concerto with the Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Colin Davis.
Since then Augustin Dumay’s international career has continued to thrive and he has become a regular guest of the world’s most famous orchestras – Berliner Philharmoniker, National de France, Japan Philharmonic, English Chamber, London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Symphonique de Montréal, Suisse Romande, Mahler Chamber, Bayerischer Rundfunk and many others – led by the most renowned conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Seiji Ozawa, Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Daniel Harding, Armin Jordan, Kurt Masur, Eliahu Inbal, Emmanuel Krivine, Rafael Kubelík, Igor Markevitch, Charles Dutoit, Iván Fischer, Frans Brüggen, Kent Nagano, Kurt Sanderling, Evgeny Svetlanov, Alan Gilbert, Dennis Russell Davies, Andrew Davis, Stéphane Denève, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Yuri Temirkanov, David Zinman, Alain Altinoglu and Robin Ticciati.
He performs in the most prestigious venues and series – Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Wigmore Hall and Barbican Hall in London, La Scala in Milan, Berliner Philharmonie and Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris – as well as at many international festivals such as Montreux, Bath, Monaco, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence, Berlin, Montpellier, Leipzig, Prades, Ravinia and the Lincoln Center in New York.
His repertoire extends to over forty concertos. Amongst others, he has recorded concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns and Lalo for EMI as well as Mozart’s concertos with the Camerata Salzbourg for Deutsche Grammophon, “without exaggeration one of the finest Mozart violin concerto discs ever made” (Classic CD).
Recitals are an equally important part of his work as a violinist. As such he has performed with numerous pianists like Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Piotr Anderszewski, Nicolas Angelich, Frank Braley, Jean-Philippe Collard, Nelson Freire, Louis Lortie, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Menahem Pressler. With Maria João Pires he made an exceptional recording of Beethoven’s complete sonatas that “surely ranks with Grumiaux-Haskil, Menuhin-Kempff or Perlman- Ashkenazy” (Piano International).
In terms of chamber music, he plays with musicians from very diverse backgrounds: the violinists Renaud Capuçon and Nigel Kennedy, violists Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Antoine Tamestit and Tabea Zimmermann, cellists Gautier Capuçon, Henri Demarquette, Lynn Harrell, Alexander Kniazev, Yo-Yo Ma, Miklós Perényi, Gary Hoffman and Jian Wang, and clarinettist Michel Portal, amongst others.
On a completely different note, he has also played with the jazz violinist Stéphane Grappelli and guitarists Paco de Lucía, John McLaughlin and Philippe Catherine.
Together with pianist Louis Lortie, he recently recorded the album Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, “compelling playing by one of today’s great violinists” (The Strad). His next recordings will be devoted to the Bartók, Brahms, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn concertos with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.