Augustin Dumay began his career in 1980 thanks to Herbert von Karajan who invited him to play as a soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Since then, he has gone on to perform with top orchestras, under the direction of famous conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Charles Dutoit, Yuri Temirkanov and Kurt Masur, as well as with the leading conductors of the new generation. Augustin Dumay is also intensely active as a conductor all over the world. Since 2011, he has been the Music Director of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra. Very involved with the next generation, he is Master in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, where he teaches young violinists of a very high level. His 50 recordings for EMI and Deutsche Grammophon have won multiple international awards. The French violinist plays a 1743 Guarnerius del Gesu, which was the violin of Leonid Kogan.