Montreal-born cellist Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde performs on modern and historical cello in Europe, the UK and North America. In 2016, she received the Second Prize at the Concours Corneille, international competition for baroque soloists in Rouen, France. She is a scholarship recipient from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, the University of Montreal, the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. She was selected to be part of the Handel House Talent scheme 2017-2018.
Equally at home as a soloist, a chamber and an orchestra musician, she performs well-known works as well as repertoire rarely heard nowadays. Her recent collaborations include solo recitals, concert tours and a CD recording with Artem Belogurov (fortepiano and harpsichord), her chamber groups Les Vieux Galants, Ensemble Lexikon and AKOR, the 2017 experience scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, performances with Ensemble Masques, Amsterdam Corelli Collective, Erik Bosgraaf and the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht. In May 2018, she co-directed the 19th-century performance practice festival Romberg Dagen in Amsterdam, which received the support of Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst.
She is an avid researcher and enjoys applying the latest finds to her playing. Her current research project focuses on Romantic performance practice.
Coming soon, Romantic lab: rediscovering romantic performance practice
Led by Artem Belogurov and Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, Romantic Lab is an online video blog dedicated to the study of late 19th- and early 20th-century performance practice, presenting the results of research and experimentation with Romantic performance by imitating historical recordings.
Videos by Noelia Nicolas and sound by Antal van Nie.
funded by the canada arts council
Les vieux Galants wins Gebrüder graun Preis
In November 2018, the newly formed ensemble Les Vieux Galants won the prize for the Best Ensemble and the Sonderpreis at the international competition Gebrüder Graun Preis in Bad-Liebenwerda, Germany. The Sonderpreis gives Les Vieux Galants the opportunity to perform several concerts in the Brandenburg region, which will take place in April & Mai 2019.
Keep an eye out for their website and youtube videos coming out soon!
Members of Les Vieux Galants:
Aysha Wills, traverso
David Westcombe, traverso
Artem Belogurov, harpsichord
Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde, cello