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 Ensemble (Hungary), the Waterloo Chamber Orchestra (notably in 1999 at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels), Piacevole Ensemble , Oratorio Orchestra (Haendel's Giulio Cesare at Martyrs Theatre in Brussels), Salieri Orchestra, Musica Parlante Ensemble (for the Brussels Spring Baroque Festival ), Le Florilège Musical Ensemble, 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 2006-2013 and the "Plaisirs d'Hiver" show in 2008), Opéra de Paris (Bastille, January 2007, for the opening of the 3rd world congress for the abolition of the death penalty), Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles in Paris, Théâtre de l'Athenée-Louis-Jouvet in Paris, Concert Hall 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 with the BTCA's dancers and the Brazilian choreographer Claudio Bernardo (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, …).
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.
A few years later (december 2022) Dominique Corbiau released the album "Profano e Sacro" , recorded in collaboration with the baroque ensemble "La Cetra d’Orfeo" conducted by Michel Keustermans. This program dedicated to Alessandro Scarlatti's operatic and sacred arias gathered an enthusiastic response from the audience and the musical press.
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 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 and Seneffe, G.F.Haendel's Serenata "O Come chirare e belle" at Mercelis Theatre in Ixelles (2001, staged by Gabriel Alloing) , Lo Scapolo Seduto” Pasticcio by G.F. Haendel in Brussels Vaudeville Theatre (2003, staged by Gabriel Alloing), “Le Rossignol” (The Nightingale) adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale with actress Jacqueline Bir and a shadow puppetery (2007, staged by Gabriel Alloing), “L’Amour Sorcier” (Manuel de Falla) with Jacqueline Bir, Jean Jadin (piano) and Daniel Miranda (guitar) at Solvay Library in Brussels, “Quartédrale”/ concertante retable with sacred arias by A.Vivaldi mixed with the pictorial world of Belgian painter Camille De Taeye at the Tournai Cathedral (2009, video creation by Philippe Carron) , “Cantico” on the “Creatures Song” by Saint Francis of Assisi with music composed by Jean Jadin and illustrated with Jean-Michel Folon paintings (2011, video creation by Philippe Carron), "La Symphonie du Feu" (musical and pyrotechnics show at Villers Abbey in Belgium) in collaboration with Showflamme Company (2018 & 2019), "Cassandra or the song of ruines, a myth in music" in collaboration with writer and philosopher Pascale Seys/ created in Istanbul (march 2023),... It is in this spirit that he founded the “Ensemble Sferarte” now renamed “La Camerata Sferica” and his own company, “Sferartefact”.
In october 2015 Dominique Corbiau is invited in Tokyo for a series of recitals with the japanese harpsichordist Sumina Arihashi and performed 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 is chosen 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.
These last years, Dominique Corbiau embarked on writing and performing for the theatre with 3 shows combining spoken theatre and music: “Les Fruits du Monde” (2017/18), one-man musical show based on “Frutti del Mondo”, passionate autographical account of the Italian castrato Filipino Balatri. “Les Arcades équivoques“ (2019/20), musical show about the fascinating and scandalous Queen Christine of Sweden (performed in Paris at the Théâtre de l’Athénée-Louis-Jouvet with the actress Cecile Brune and in Brussels at WHall with the actress Ingrid Heiderscheid). “Il Teatro alla Moda” (2022/23), one-man musical show on Venice and the extravagances of the opera world in the 18th century (from the writings of Benedetto Marcello and Carlo Goldoni).
In may 2023 Dominique Corbiau will release "Vaghi Fiori" (Label Sonamusica), his new album of italian baroque cantatas recorded with La Camerata Sferica.