Canadian violinist Andrew Dawes is to receive a lifetime achievement award as part of the 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. Dawes, 73, is one of six award-winners, each of whom will receive C$25,000.

Dawes is best known as first violinist of the Orford Quartet, with whom he played for 26 years from 1965 to 1991. During that time, the ensemble gave nearly 3,000 concerts on six continents and made more than 60 recordings. Dawes was also first violinist of the Tokyo Quartet from 1995 to 1996.

Focal dystonia forced him to give up his performing career some seven years ago, but he has continued to teach, and since 2011 he has been director of the Vancouver Academy of Music's Chamber Music Institute. He has also taught at the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia, and McGill University.

Dawes's discography includes the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, and all the Beethoven string quartets.

The violinist will receive the award at a ceremony in Ottawa on 31 May.