Canadian Violinist Andrew Dawes has Died, Aged 82

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Co-founder of the award-winning Orford Quartet, Dawes handed away following a battle with prostate most cancers

(Picture courtesy: Banff Centre)


Born in 1940 in Excessive Prairie, Alberta, to a ranching household, Dawes started music research at an early age and at 17, began to pursue an expert music profession. Within the Nineteen Sixties, he was a two-time winner of the JMC Nationwide Competitors and was a third-prize winner together with his sister on the 1963 Munich Duo Competitors.

Dawes later studied at Switzerland’s Conservatoire de Genève, the place he received the Prix de Virtuosite in 1964.

The next 12 months, he co-founded the Orford Quartet, which gained worldwide acclaim, performing hundreds of concert events and releasing over 60 recordings. Dawes performed with the group for 26 years till 1991. The string quartet was additionally nominated for 11 Juno Awards, successful three.

Moreover, Dawes was a former school member of The Banff Centre and was a juror for the Banff Worldwide String Quartet Competitors (BISQC) between 1983 and 2004.

“Rising up in Canada, the Orford Quartet was the gold commonplace. The attractive silvery sound of Andrew Dawes outlined that group,” recalled BISQC director Barry Shiffman. “At Banff Centre, Andy was an integral a part of the success of [BISQC]…he has left a rare influence on the lives of generations of musicians and music lovers.”

Dawes additionally held instructing roles on the College of Toronto, the College of British Columbia, and McGill College, the place he turned the primary Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Catherine Thornhill Steele Chair in Music in 2006. In 2011, he was appointed director of the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Chamber Music Institute and served on the St. James Music Academy board, offering musical devices and classes to Vancouver’s poorest neighborhoods.

In response to Vancouver Solar information, the 1770 Guadagnini violin that Dawes performed on is now often called the “Dawes, de Lengthy Tearse” Guadagnini. The violin is at present performed by Robert Uchida.

Dawes’ many accolades embody the 1991 Member of the Order of Canada, 1976 Molson Prize, 1994 Chalmers Nationwide Music Award, 2002 Dorothy Somerset Award for Excellence in Efficiency and Improvement, 2002 Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal, and 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal.

In 2013, he was awarded the Governor Basic’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The prize acknowledged him as: “one of many most interesting violinists Canada has ever produced. An distinctive performer and gifted trainer, he’s identified for his dedication to arduous work, technical excellence, musical integrity, and pleasure of efficiency. In a profession spanning half a century, his distinctive skill to share his enthusiasm for classical music has impressed listeners, college students, and fellow musicians world wide.”

Our condolences to Mr. Dawes’ household, buddies, college students, and colleagues.


A brief movie tribute to Dawes produced by the Nationwide Movie Board of Canada on the event of his 2013 Governor Basic’s Lifetime Achievement Award may be seen under.


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