Michel Donato was born in Montreal on August 25, 1942. At the age of 10 he began his musical apprenticeship which he pursued until the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. The sixties mark the beginning of a long career during which he travels the world (USA, Europe, Asia, New Zealand) and participates in many festivals. He made a 2-year tour with Oscar Peterson, co-stars with Phily Jo Jones in Bill Evans’s trio, and formed a duet with singer Karen Young (duet that will last eight years and spawn four records) as well as a duet with Alain Caron (which will include several tours and a disc).
Three attractive and lively concertos by two exact 18th-century contemporaries (they were both born in 1739) the Viennese Dittersdorf and the Bohemian Vanhal who on at least one occasion played string quartets with Mozart and Haydn. (Haydn and Dittersdorf played violins; Mozart played viola; Vanhal the cello.) This seems to be the only recorded pairing of the two Dittersdorf concertos.