Raymond Dessaints


A First Prize winner from the Quebec Conservatory of Music, Raymond Dessaints continued his studies in Paris with René Benedetti and Pierre Pasquier, and in Rome with Remy Principe.

After being a member of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Raymond Dessaints then devoted himself to conducting and teaching at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. His mastery of the violin and his technical, musical, artistic and pedagogical knowledge brought him an undeniable fame.

Throughout his career, Raymond Dessaints has trained, and inspired, two generations of performers, the majority of whom are first prizes form the Conservatoire de musique du Québec. Some of his students are now playing with major ensembles such as the symphony orchestras of Montreal, Bolzano, London and Lausanne, and several have become members of ensembles such as Les Violons du Roy, the Claudel Quartet, the Orchestre Symphonique de Trois-Rivières, the Orchestre Symphonique de Laval, the Orchestre Symphonique de Sherbrooke, Les Jeunes Virtuoses, to name a few. Others, like Angèle Dubeau, have enjoyed a very enviable position as soloist.

Of violin professor of great reputation, he has been invited to participate as jury member of international competitions such as Munich, Paganini, Rodolfo Lipzer (Italy) and Georges Enescu (Romania).

In 1985, Raymond Dessaints founded the Camp musical des Laurentides and Ensemble Amati, a renowned string orchestra of fifteen musicians, the majority of whom are First Prizes from the Conservatoire. He was head of the CBC National Competition for several years and has also conducted numerous orchestras across the country.