He was first violinist of the Orford String Quartet throughout its existence from 1965 to 1991. His teachers included Clayton Hare, Murray Adaskin, and Lorand Fenyves. Dawes plays a J.B.Guadagnini violin crafted in Parma in 1770.
- 2013 Governor General Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement in Classical Music
- Appointed Member of the Order of Canada in 1991
- The Dorothy Somerset Award for Excellence in Performance and Development
- The Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
- Juno Awards: 11 nominations and 3 wins
- Chalmers National Music Award
- The Canada Council Molson Prize
- 1964 Prix de Virtuosité from the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève
- 2013 Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement
Dawes has acted as a juror on a number of competitions including
- The London International String Quartet competition
- The Coleman Chamber Music Competition
- The Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition
- Chairman of the Banff String Quartet Competition from 1989–2004
Dawes has been a Professor of Music at various institutions including:
- University of Toronto Faculty of Music
- Professor Emeritus The University of British Columbia School of Music
- Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Catherine Thornhill Steele Chair in Music at McGill University
- Member of the board of directors of the Saint James Music Academy
- Director of the Vancouver Academy of Music’s Chamber Music Institute
Notable Dawes recordings include
- Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Piano & Violin with Jane Coop
- Beethoven The Complete Quartets with the Orford String Quartet
- Mozart String Quartets with the Orford String Quartet
- "Andrew Dawes". andrewdawes.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
- Governor General of Canada. "Andrew A. Dawes, C.M.". Governor General's Office. Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 4 January 2012.
- General, The Office of the Secretary to the Governor. "The Governor General of Canada". Retrieved 2016-04-13.
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