A laureate of the 2021 Music International Grand Prix competition, Fredericton-born violinist Matthieu Deveau has been captivating audiences across Eastern Canada since he started playing at the age of five. His playing has been described as ‘vivid, intense and rich in sonority’ (HunJu Sohnn, pianist, Verbier Festival).
Matthieu is concertmaster of the Cantabile Chorale and Orchestra and plays regularly with the
FILMharmonique, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de la Côte-Nord and Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau. An avid chamber musician, he is frequently invited to perform in music festivals, including Music & Beyond, Festival intime de musique classique, Été Musical de Barachois and Festival Classica. As an orchestral musician, Matthieu has performed on prestigious stages in Canada, Italy, China, and South Korea.
Matthieu holds four music degrees. These include a Performance Associateship Diploma (ARCT) from Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music, a Bachelor of Music and Orchestral Studies diploma from the University of Ottawa, and a Master of Music degree from the University of Montreal. Matthieu's teachers include Aida Tisler, Paul Campbell, David Stewart, Yehonatan Berick, Jonathan Crow, Annick Roussin, Mary-Elizabeth Brown, Olivier Thouin, Hélène Collerette and Robert Uchida.
In 2018, Matthieu was co-executive director, co-founder, and violinist of Tabula Rasa, a chamber music series based in Ottawa. Matthieu most recently joined the Collectif de la Cité, an organization of professional string players who perform at events and concerts in Quebec City and Montreal. He has won numerous awards and scholarships including the prestigious Leonard and Kathleen Humanitarian Trust Award, an ECMA award with the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, and was a laureate of the National Music Festival in Canada.
Besides performing, Matthieu is a sought-after pedagogue. He has been teaching both privately, and at several institutions for the last 10 years. He is currently on faculty at the École de Musique Vincent d'Indy. Matthieu is frequently invited as a guest teacher at Camp Musical Père Lindsay.
In his spare time, Matthieu loves to travel and enjoys reading. A nature-aficionado, he loves to hike, kayak, and to spend time near the ocean. One of his favorite locations is the Bay of Fundy in his home province of New Brunswick.