2022 CLASSICAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (SMALL ENSEMBLE) | Angèle Dubeau, La Pietà | | The JUNO Awards

Angèle Dubeau

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 125 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.

La Pietà

Violinist Angèle Dubeau founded La Pietà in 1997 when she was working on recording a few Vivaldi concertos. Who better to act as the orchestra than an all-female ensemble of string musicians such as Vivaldi himself conducted at the L’Ospedale della Pietà? Since that first recording, La Pietà has accompanied Dubeau on a number of releases and tours, to the point where directing it has become a full-time occupation for Dubeau. The sonic lushness of the small group — numbering from 8-16 members, depending on the musical requirements — had struck such a chord with audiences that La Pietà quickly became a permanent ensemble rather than just an occasional studio group. Dubeau and La Pietà have toured throughout the Americas and Asia, performing not only classic violin works, but contemporary string music and arrangements of more popular fare, such as film themes, with appreciative reception. Its “Portrait” series of recordings each feature music of a single composer, such as John Adams (2011) or Philip Glass (2008). It has also released whimsical special occasion, limited edition albums packaged as greeting cards. La Pietà and Dubeau are eager to expand the audience for classical music through well-played, appealing programs.