Marguerite Deslippe

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Marguerite Deslippe

First Violin

DSO member since 1983

Born in Riviere-aux-Canards, Ontario, Marguerite Deslippe’s musical journey began in her early childhood. She studied piano, voice, and flute in addition to violin, and at age eight she was invited to perform in Toronto as one of Canada's promising young artists. She was comfortable performing every genre of music by the time she reached her teenage years.

While in high school, Deslippe regularly performed in chamber music series across Canada and Michigan. As concertmaster of the Windsor Symphony, her quartet was featured on national CBC broadcasts. 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 in Detroit.

Deslippe has studied with members of the Concord String Quartet and 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 position in the first violin section of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra 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 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, and her family shares their house with three Samoyeds that are all adopted from rescue shelters.