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Violaine Despeyroux, viola

“I see music as a journey, a moment of suspension that differs with each performance.

In this way, the audience will be drawn, without diversions, into a story that we will draw together.

This conception of musical interpretation as a singular and immersive 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.

A spirit and tenacity that have been heard in prestigious European and international venues – the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, the Seiji Ozawa Hall in Tanglewood (USA), the Théâtre des Champs Elysées Fondation Louis Vuitton or the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris – alongside renowned with renowned partners such as Anne Le Bozec, Claire Désert, Philippe Graffin and Pavel Gililov, Alexandra Soumm, Suyoen Kim, Pierre Genisson, Anastasia Kobekina, Calidore String Quartet and the Smoking Joséphine ensemble.

Violaine Despeyroux is particularly attached to chamber music and is always eager to expand her repertoire. She is regularly invited to perform with major ensembles such as the Opéra National de Paris orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris or the Kölner Kammerorchester.

But she also likes to be where she is not expected, to flout convention and to get off the beaten track. Like when she took part in quasi-choreographed concerts with the Centre conducted by Jérôme Pernoo, at the Salle Cortot in Paris.

For Violaine Despeyroux considers so-called learned music above all as a living and vibrant art.

So many subtle nuances and powerful encounters in which her personality and her instrument (an 1863 Jacquot viola) come together in harmony.

Since September 2018, Violaine has been artist-in-residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, under the direction of Miguel da Silva.