DSO member since 1983
Marguerite Deslippe was born in Riviere-aux-Canards, Ontario. As a teenager, she was comfortable with every genre of music. At the age of 8, she was invited to perform in Toronto as one of Canada's promising young artists. As a child, she also studied piano, voice, and flute.
While still in high school, Deslippe performed regularly in chamber music series in Canada and Michigan. As concertmaster of the Windsor Symphony, her quartet was featured on national CBC broadcasts, both on radio and television. She attended Wayne State University on a full scholarship, and studied with former DSO violinist Emily Austin. As a student, she spent much of her time in recording studios, working with Motown artists.
Deslippe has also studied with members of the Concord String Quartet and members of the Fine Arts Trio. She furthered her skills studying with Steven Staryk, one of the leading concertmasters and soloists of our time.
Deslippe won her audition in Detroit while in her mid twenties, and since then has performed in chamber concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts’s Brunch with Bach Series, the Cranbrook American Artist Series, and the Marygrove Saturdays at Four Series. Deslippe is also high in demand as a private teacher, and enjoys coaching student ensembles. Her principal instrument is a French instrument crafted in the 18th century by Pique.
Deslippe is the mother of two sons. Her family shares the house with three Samoyeds that are all adopted from rescue shelters.