For its end-of-year concert, the Academy of Taiwan Strings (ATS) has invited world-renowned French violinist Augustine Dumay, one of the main jury members for Belgian’s prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition, to perform with them next month.
Born in Paris in 1949, Dumay entered the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of 10, and by the age of 14 he had already played a solo recital at Switzerland’s Septembre Musical de Montreux. In 1979, he performed as a soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic, under the baton of Herbert von Karajan, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma, which established him as an international fixture on the classical music scene. When he is not performing, Dumay teaches at the Queen Elisabeth College of Music in Belgium. In recent years, he has also become increasingly involved in conducting, and is currently the musical director of Belgian’s Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia and the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan.
He will be performing as a soloist and conducting the ATS ensemble for the concert. The program is set to include Czech composer Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor, French composer Ravel’s Tzigane, and Chausson’s Poeme — a unique French-style violin piece. In the second half of the concert, Dumay will be conducting the ensemble as they play Czech violinist and composer Josef Suk’s Serenade for Strings, a piece that Suk wrote while studying with Dvorak at the Prague Conservatory, only after his teacher suggested that he try writing lighter and more cheerful music. The concert will be held at the National Concert Hall on Dec. 5.
(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)