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Violist Christophe Desjardins is willingly and passionately involved in two complimentary spheres: creation, for which he is an interpreter much sought after by international standing composers, and having the repertoire of his instrument opened to the widest range of audience.


As a soloist, he has premiered works by Berio, Boulez, Boesmans, Jarrell, Fedele, Nunes, Manoury, Pesson, Levinas, Harvey, Widmann, Stroppa, Cresta, Sebastiani and Rihm.

He plays as a soloist with such orchestras as the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the NDR, WDR and SWR Sinfonie Orchestern, the Orchestra of the Toscanini Foundation, the National Orchestra of Lyon, the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra and many other ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe .

After his solo appearance with the Théâtre de la Monnaie of Brussels , he became a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain.


His discography includes Diadèmes by Marc-André Dalbavie, under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Surfing by Philippe Boesmans, AssonanceIV and …someleavesII… by Michael Jarrell, LesLettresenlacéesII by Michaël Levinas and SequenzaVI by Luciano Berio, recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.

His CD Voix d’Alto (Viola voices), dedicated to the performance of Luciano Berio and Morton Feldman’s works, was published in January, 2005, with the label Aeon; it has since received the most prestigious acclaim from the French press: Diapason d’Or, 4F from Télérama, Choc du Monde de la Musique.


In order to make music be discovered and perceived in a different way, he has created productions involving other arts (poetry, dance, video…): Once upon a time the viola, Viola/Multiples, Four Fragments for Harold, Violist Songs


Christophe Desjardins plays a viola by Francesco Goffriller made in Venice around 1720.


He teaches at the Hochschule für Musik DEtmold (Germany) and at the CNSM in Lyon

Christophe Desjardins
through the years


Born in Caen


Enters the CNSM (Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique), in Serge Collot’s class


First Prize of viola, unanimously awarded


Paris, Salle Gaveau, Harold en Italie by Hector Berlioz, with the orchestra of the Conservatoire de Paris


Enters the Hochschule der Künste , Berlin , in Bruno Giuranna’s class.


Prize winner of the International Competition Maurice Vieux

Solo Violist at the Théâtre de la Monnaie, Brussels


Brussels , Palais des Beaux-Arts, Bartok’s viola concerto, with the Symphonic Orchestra of La Monnaie

Becomes a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain


Recording of Diadèmes by Marc-André Dalbavie, conducted by Pierre Boulez


Recording of Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VI for Deutsche Grammophon


Milan , world premiere of L’Orizzonte di Elettra, a concerto by Ivan Fedele


Amsterdam, world premiere of Alternatim by Luciano Berio at the Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall (New York), Salzburg Festival, Festival d’Automne — Cité de la Musique, Paris


Viola Academy , in the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence

Aix-en-Provence , world premiere of the version for 7 violas of Messagesquisse by Pierre Boulez

Paris, Rencontres Internationales de l’Alto, world premiere of …more leaves… by Michael Jarrell

Meeting with writer Richard Millet

Dijon (Festival Why Note), world premiere of Lettres enlacées II by Michaël Levinas


Cité de la Musique, production of Once upon a time the viola

Mozart, Symphonie concertante, Orchestre de chambre de Wallonie


Venice Biennale, world of Improvisation II-Portrait by Emmanuel Nunes

Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, production Violist Songs


Matthias Pintscher Portrait, Midis Musicaux, Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris

Recital and Master-class teaching at Julliard School , New York

Paris (Radio-France), international premiere of Jubilus, a concerto by Jonathan Harvey

Recitals in Strasbourg (Musica), Lisbon (Gulbenkian), Witten (Neue Kammermusik)


Paris, Châtelet, Marco Stroppa, Nous sommes l’air, pas la terre… viola and accordion, world premiere

Cité de la Musique (Paris), cycle Bach/Berio Voci, Sequenza VI, Bach’s Suite played on a tenor viola

Brussels, Ars Musica, world premiere of Fetzen (abstract), by Wolfgang Rihm, for viola and accordion

Basle , Portrait Berio/Feldman and viola, Basler Madrigalisten, Collegium Novum

Paris , world premiere of Eclipsis by Patrick Marcland, for viola, trumpet and electronics

Lisbon , Teatro Nacional Sao Carlo, The Feldman Project: Rothko Chapel, The Viola in my life

Köln, Romanischer Sommer, Portrait Georg Kröll, solo pieces and chamber music

Hamburg , NDR Singonie Orchester, world premiere of the cycle Lichtstudien, by and with Jörg Widmann


CD Viola voices (Aeon): Berio, Feldman. Awarded by French critics: Diapason d’or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, 4F from Télérama

Paris, XXe Théâtre, world premiere of Waves by Denis Cohen, for viola and ensemble

Paris, Cité de la Musique, French premiere of Tenebrae by Matthias Pintscher