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, the city where she lives since 2014. In 2016 Octavie won the second Prize at the Concours Corneille, International Competition for baroque soloists in Rouen, France. Octavie is a recipient of 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. She is one of the six young musicians to be selected as part of the Handel House Talent scheme 2017-2018 in London.
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. 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.
An active member of the musical scene 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. In Europe she performed with Amsterdam Corelli Collective, Ensemble Masques, ensemble Cordavento, the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and she took part in the 2017 Experience Scheme with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. To explore baroque, classical and early romantic repertoires, she co-founded the young period chamber groups AKOR, Ensemble Lexikon and Les Vieux Galants (Gebrüder Graun Preis & Sonderpreis, Graun brothers competition). She has recorded for the label Brilliant Classics and 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 May 2018.
Octavie has the pleasure of playing a beautiful German cello from 1769 on loan from the Nationaal Muziekinstrumenten Fonds of the Netherlands.