Currently residing in Amsterdam, Montreal-born cellist Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde performs on modern and historical cello in Europe, the UK and North America. In 2016, she was the Second Prize winner of 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 one of the six young professionals in residence as 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), the 2017 experience scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, performances with Erik Bosgraaf, the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and Holland Opera. 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.

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Romberg dagen: may 12th & 13th 2018

The Romberg Dagen is a music festival over two days, celebrating the music of cellist Bernhard Romberg and his important contribution to the repertoire of the cello and the development of its technique. 

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The weekend consists of three chamber music concerts of music by Romberg and other musicians from his circle (Reicha, Dotzauer, Ries, and others), a masterclass and three lectures on 19th-century performance practice, to make it a concise but rich symposium celebrating this important musician. www.rombergdagen.nl

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Handel House Talent 2017-2018

Octavie is one of the six young baroque performers selected for the 2017-2018 Talent scheme at the Handel House in London. She will perform two solo recitals at the Handel House and will take part in masterclasses and career development courses with professional advisors.

Solo recitals will take place in the Music Room of the Handel House in London, on October 11th 2018, 13:00-14:00 and November 27th 2018, 18:30-19:30.