Octavie Dostaler-Lalonde is a versatile musician whose repertoire ranges from the late-17th to the 20th century. Her primary focus is historically informed performance practice. She researches and uses techniques and instruments according to the time of the music she plays.
After studying modern cello with Denis Brott and Carole Sirois at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, Octavie received the Prix avec Grande Distinction in 2011. Following her interest in performance practice, she went on to study baroque cello with Susie Napper in Montreal and with Viola de Hoog in Amsterdam. As a young musician, Octavie regularly won prizes in national competitions in Quebec and Canada. As a baroque soloist, she received the second Prize at the 2016 International Competition “Concours Corneille” in France. Her musical endeavors are supported by grants from the Canada Arts Council, the Banff Center for the Arts, the CALQ, the Montreal Conservatory, the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the University of Montreal.
Currently focusing on the historical performance of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music, she performs recitals regularly with fortepianist and harpsichordist player Artem Belogurov. Together, they took part in the Festival Montreal Baroque, the International Young Artist Presentation in Antwerp, the Fortepiano Festival Zaandijk and the Utrecht Oude Muziek Fabulous Fringe series, among others. The pair performed in Canada, the United States, the UK, Europe and Japan; in the Netherlands in the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, TivoliVredenburg (Herz), Sociëteit de Vereeniging Den Haag, and Muziekgebouw Eindhoven. Their recording of Beethoven’s complete works for fortepiano and cello on historical instruments will be issued later this year by the Italian label Gamma Musica.
In Europe, she performs with many groups such as Vox Luminis, Ensemble Masques, Amsterdam Corelli Collective, Terra Nova and the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht. She was selected for the 2017 Experience Scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Handel House Talent 2018-2019. An avid chamber musician, she co-founded the young period chamber groups Postscript (Gebrüder Graun Preis & Sonderpreis, Graun brothers International competition), Ensemble Lexikon and AKOR. While still in Montreal, Octavie performed with many ensembles including the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, les Rendez-vous baroque français, Les Lys Naissants and the chamber groups Epsilon, quintette à cordes, Ensemble Arkea, Ensemble Allogène, Ensemble Paramirabo and the Ensemble BOP. She was the co-director of Romberg Dagen, a festival celebrating the composer and cellist Bernhard Romberg and the performance of 19th-century music, which took place in Amsterdam in May 2018.
Octavie has the pleasure of playing a beautiful Thomas Dodd cello from 1800 on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds of the Netherlands.