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Viviane Chassot

Biography

“The interpretation is perfect of its kind. Freshness, control, and sensitivity combine together in the most beautiful way.” Alfred Brendel, the doyen of pianists, praised Viviane Chassot’s recording of Joseph Haydn’s piano sonatas.

Viviane Chassot sets new standards with her interpretations on the accordion. Born in Zurich, and now living as a freelance musician in Basel, she appears in solo and chamber music performances throughout the world in renowned concert halls including the Berlin Philharmonie, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Guggenheim Museum in New York, Vienna Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall in London, and Zurich Tonhalle. She works with such conductors as Simon Rattle, David Zinman, Riccardo Chailly, and Heinz Holliger, and makes regular guest appearances at international festivals. In addition to her busy concert schedule, Viviane Chassot regularly gives international masterclasses.

A versatile musician, she crosses stylistic boundaries and combines the genres of classical music, jazz, contemporary music, and improvisation. In recent years Viviane Chassot has performed many world premieres and was winner of the Kranichstein Music Prize. She was also honoured with the Swiss Ambassador’s Award in the UK in 2015.

Her Genuin debut CD featuring piano sonatas by Joseph Haydn (2009) and her subsequent recording of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin (2011) both earned wide praise and attracted international interest. Her portrait CD New Horizons (Genuin 2014), showcasing original works for accordion, was nominated for the German Record Critics’ Award, as was her CD Objets trouvés, a collaboration with the zither player Martin Mallaun (Genuin 2016).

In 2016 Viviane Chassot recorded four piano concertos by Joseph Haydn together with Kammerorchester Basel. The CD Keyboard Concertos was released in March 2017 by Sony Classical and immediately generated wide international response and enthusiastic reviews by the media. Her next recording will be Mozart’s piano concertos K. 595, 450, and 413 together with Camerata Bern, to be released by Sony Classical in 2019.