Augustin Dumay is one of the most striking exponents of the great European classical tradition. International critics have compared him with the great violinists of the 20th century, and his distinctive status as a "grand classical stylist" has been established by his outstanding recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. These include Beethoven's complete sonatas with Maria João Pires, which "are surely to be ranked alongside Grumiaux and Haskil, Menuhin and Kempff, or Perlman and Ashkenazy" (Piano International), Brahms' trios, "where the Milstein legacy in Dumay’s playing is wonderfully apparent" (Gramophone), and Mozart’s concertos with the Camerata Salzburg, "without exaggeration one of the finest Mozart violin concerto recordings ever made" (Classic CD), in which he "confirms that he is an exceptional interpreter of Mozart, as Stern and Grumiaux were" (Classica).
Augustin Dumay first rose to prominence with his collaboration with Herbert von Karajan, his concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic and his recordings for EMI (concertos by Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saëns, and Lalo). Since then, he has performed regularly with the world's best orchestras, under the direction of the greatest contemporary conductors.
In parallel to his career as a violinist, over the last ten years he has also been a prolific conductor. In addition to his work as Musical Director of the Royal Chamber Orchestra of Wallonia, a post he has occupied since 2003, in 2011 he was named Musical Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (Osaka, Japan). He is regularly invited to conduct orchestras including the English Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the Sinfonia Varsovia. Since 2004, he has been Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel (Belgium), where he coaches a select group of highly talented young violinists, most of them winners of major international competitions.
Film director Gérard Corbiau (Le Maître de Musique, Farinelli) made a documentary about him entitled "Augustin Dumay, Llaisser une Trace Dans le Cœur". His discography – some forty recordings, most of which have received prestigious awards (Gramophone Awards, Audiophile Aaudition, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Grand Prix du Disque, The Record Academy Award) – is available on the EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and Onyx Classics labels. For Onyx he made a CD of Saint-Saëns recordings in which he conducts the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) and, with pianist Louis Lortie, the album Franck & Strauss Violin Sonatas, by "one of today's great violinists" (The Strad). His latest CD, as soloist and conductor with the KPO (Brahms' Serenade No. 1 and Beethoven's Romances), was released in autumn 2013.
His next recordings will be devoted to concertos by Bartók, Brahms, Beethoven, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn, with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Sinfonia Varsovia and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.