Born into an artist’s family, Dominique Corbiau became involved with music from the age of four, playing piano. Later on, he learnt flute and cello, but it is in singing that he will be completely fulfilled and where he will find his favourite choice of expression. Drawn to the baroque period early on, the choice to work his counter-tenor voice became obvious.
After having sung in the Children’s Choir of the Belgian Radio-Television he was admitted to the Conservatoire de Musique de Liège and continued his studies at the Conservatoire de Musique de Mons, graduating with honours in July 2001, having been awarded three First Prizes: Concert Singing, Chamber Music and Opera Singing. In 2003, he received a First Prize in Lyric Arts at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique de Bruxelles.
Since 1994, Dominique Corbiau has performed in concerts in famous places, in Belgium as well as abroad, accompanied by numerous ensembles and orchestras: Capella Savaria (Hungary), the Waterloo Chamber Orchestra (notably in 1999 at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels), Piacevole, Oratorio (Martyrs Theatre in Brussels), Orchestre Salieri, Musica Parlante (for the Brussels Festival du Printemps Baroque in Sablon), Le Florilège Musical, Laudantes Consort, Sofia Symphonic Orchestra (in Belgrad’s Kolarac Hall and on the Rambla in Figueres, Salvador Dali’s native town for the painter’s birthday ceremony), Moscow Soloists Chamber Orhestra (Pietrasanta Festival, Tuscany, Italy) Orchestre de Picardie, Gothic Room in Brussels Town Hall, Vaudeville Theatre (Brussels), Balsamine Theatre (Brussels), the US Embassy in Brussels, Cinquantenaire Museum (Brussels), Erasmus House (Brussels), Aula at Leiden University (The Netherlands), Haydn Hall in Eszterhazy Palace (Hungary), Flagey (Brussels), Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts (with the actress Jacqueline Bir in a duo chanté-parlé on violence against women for Amnesty International), Palais des Académies (Brussels with pianist Daniel Blumenthal), Brussels Grand Place (Ommegang), Opéra de Paris (Bastille, January 2007, for the opening of the 3rd world congress for the abolition of the death penalty), Grande Salle of the Brussels Royal Music Conservatory (notably for the creation of “Les Chants de Casanova”, cantata for counter-tenor, choir and orchestra by Michel Lysight), Belgian Embassy to The Vatican (Rome), Chiesa e Fondazione Reale Belga San Giuliano dei Fiamminghi (Rome), Teatro Castro Alves (Salvador de Bahia, Brazil), MOMA (New York), Czestochowa and Szczecin Philarmonic Hall (Poland), …
Under the direction of Guy Van Waas, Dominique Corbiau sang the parts of the alto soloist in several Bach oratorios including “The Passion According to St. John”, “Le Magnificat” and “The Easter Oratorio”.
If his repertoire is essentially made up of works designed for castrato voices, he does not ignore the Romantic Lieder (Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann) or contemporary music (works by Viktor Kissin, Gheorghi Arnaoudov, Jean Jadin, Michel Lysight, …).
On stage, Dominique Corbiau has played the roles of Amore in “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” by C. Monteverdi, Apollon in “Dafne” by A. Caldara, Tebro in the Serenata “O come chiare e belle” by G.F. Haendel, Tirsi in a pasticcio by the same Haendel called “Lo scapolo seduto”, Arianna in the “Arianna a Naxos” by J. Haydn (Company “As Palavras”, Claudio Bernardo) and “Le Rossignol” (the Nightingale) in a pluridisciplinary adaptation of the H. Andersen tale, directed by G. Alloing and mixing opera, theatre (Jacqueline Bir), shadow play (I. Vandermeersch and A. Delval) and music (J. Jadin and I. Procureur), Filippo Balatri in “Les Fruits du Monde” (Compagnie Sferartefact).
In 2008, he came to public attention through ‘Memoria’, an album of original compositions, the fruit of his musical collaborations with French composer Cyril Orcel.
Dominique Corbiau has also branched out to film and publicity and his voice can be heard in many sound-tracks by well-known composers (Nicolas Lens, Victor Kissin, Cyril Orcel…). Some of the advertising campaigns even received awards at major festivals (Diamond Awards, Festival de Cannes). Furthermore, he has developed the creative aspect of his profession and designed beautiful visual shows in various environments, creating most of the time a link between different forms of artistic expression (private events, Nuit Musicale de Beloeil, “Lo Scapolo Seduto” Pasticcio by G.F. Haendel in Brussels Vaudeville Theatre, “Le Rossignol” (The Nightingale) adapted from Andersen with Jacqueline Bir, “L’Amour Sorcier” by Manuel de Falla, again with Jacqueline Bir at Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels, “Quartédrale”, concertante retable with sacred arias by Vivaldi mixed with the pictorial world of Belgian painter Camille De Taeye at the Tournai Cathedral, “Cantico” on the “Creatures Song” by Saint Francis of Assisi, with music specially composed by Jean Jadin and illustrated with Jean-Michel Folon paintings, “Les Fruits du Monde” a musical one man show inspired by the castrato Filippo Balatri true story,…). It is in this spirit that he founded the “Ensemble Sferarte” now renamed “La Camerata Sferica” and his own company “Sferartefact” at the end of 2009.
In october 2015 Dominique Corbiau was in Tokyo for a series of recitals with the japanese harpsichordist Sumina Arihashi and was performing there again in october 2016 with the renowned harpsichordist Mayako Sone.
During the summer 2015 Dominique Corbiau participated to the prestigious Pietrasanta Festival, sharing the stage with the Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michael Guttman and in January 2016 he was invited by the Dutch Conductor Arie van Beek and the Picardie Orchestra to sing the wonderful cantata BWV 170 from J.S.Bach.
In August 2017, he sang the solo part for the world premiere of the epic cantata “Odyssea” (Szczecin, Poland) by the film score composer Henri Seroka. This piece mixing symphonic and pop music has been also recorded in the wake.
After the succes of his musical show “Les Fruits du Monde”, Dominique Corbiau is now presenting “Les Arcades équivoques” a new creation about the fascinating personality of the Queen Christina of Sweden.
“Profano e Sacro”, his last solo album with “La Cetra d’Orfeo” conducted by Michel Keustermans , conveys you on a journey into the baroque music of Italy, exploring the vocal work of composer Alessandro Scarlatti.