Alexandre Da Costa was born in 1979 in Montreal. Skilled on both the violin and piano at a young age, he completed a Master’s Degree in violin from Conservatoire de Musique du Québec and a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Interpretation from the University of Montreal when he was 18 years old.
When he had to choose just one, he decided on the violin. His studies took him to Madrid and Austria. And his career has since taken him across North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, playing both with orchestras and as a solo recitalist. Da Costa is the 2010 recipient of the Virginia-Parker Prize – one of many awards he has been given over the years. In 2002, he was awarded the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award for best Canadian artist under 30 years old.
2012 saw him win a JUNO award for “Classical Album of the Year” (for the recordings of the concertos by American composer Michael Daugherty, with the Montreal Symphony under Pedro Halffter). Da Costa has released at least 20 CDs under various record labels over the years. He currently records with Warner Classics International and Acacia Classics/Universal Music Group.
In addition to touring and recording, Da Costa is the Professor of Violin at the Gatineau Music Conservatory (Ottawa).
On April 3rd, Da Costa (accompanied by Hélène Mercier) will perform some Manuel de Falla, Beethoven, and Brahms from our stage. To hear clips of him perform or read more about him, visit his website at http://www.alexandredacosta.com