Violaine Despeyroux, viola

‘I consider music as a journey, a moment suspended in time, which is different with each interpretation.  The listeners will be guided simply into a story that we create together.’

This conception of musical interpretation as a unique and immersive moment of sharing is the basis of Violaine Despeyroux’s artistic practice. This young viola player,  much sought after as a chamber musician and soloist, stands out on stage, with her personality and energy, both precise and electrifying.

Violaine Despeyroux has been awarded the 1st prize at the National Competition for Young Violists and the 2nd prize and prize for the best Bach performance at the International Competition of viola Cecil Aronowitz in Birmingham amongst others.

A passion and tenacity that can be found in the prestigious European and international music halls – the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood (USA), the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris or the Palais des Beaux-arts in Brussels, alongside renowned partners like Renaud Capuçon, Gary Hoffman, Claire Désert, Suyoen Kim, Alexandra Soumm, Smoking Josephine Ensemble.

As a soloist, Violaine Despeyroux performed in France, Italie and Belgium with conductors such as Vahan Mardirossian and Ian Fountain.

Her season 22/23 will be marked by her debut in Flagey (Brussel), performing Mozart Symphonie Concertante with Renaud Capuçon.

Particularly attached to chamber music and endlessly eager to expand her repertoire, she played in major festivals such as Festival de Pâques, Festival Radio France in Montpellier, Folles journées de Nantes, among many others.

Violaine Despeyroux is also regularly invited by major ensembles such as the Paris National Opera, the Orchestre de Paris, WDR Symphonie orchestra or the Kölner Kammerorchester, among the orchestra. But she also likes to be where we don’t expect her, breaking the mold and off the beaten path. It’s because Violaine Despeyroux considers so-called classical music above all as a living and vibrant art. There so many subtle shades and powerful encounters where her personality and her instrument (a Jacquot 1863 viola) find each other in perfect harmony.