Violaine Despeyroux, viola

Born in 1995, Violaine Despeyroux began playing the viola at age 5. In 2012 she was admitted to the Conservatoire of Paris (class of Jean Sulem). The laureate of several competitions, at age 16 she won 1st prize at the Concours National des Jeunes Altistes with a special award for the best performance of Dimitri Tchesnokov’s Sonate Rhapsodique. In 2014 she took 2nd prize at the Cecil Aronowitz International Viola Competition for the best performance of J.S. Bach. Noticed during festivals and international academies by Nobuko Imai, among others, she has been invited as a soloist in France, Switzerland and Italy. In 2014 she was selected by Seiji Ozawa to perform with the International Music Academy Switzerland as a string quartet at the Victoria Hall of Geneva and at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

Violaine plays a Charles Jacquot viola dating from 1863.

Since september 2018, Violaine is artist in residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Under the tutelage of Miguel da Silva.