Christophe Desjardins, violist, is committed to constancy and passion in two complementary fields: creation, for which he is a highly sought-after interpreter of world-class composers, and the dissemination of the repertoire of his instrument to the wider public. He has created a number of solo works, including works by Berio, Boulez, Boesmans, Jarrell, Fedele, Nunes, Manoury, Pesson, Levinas, Harvey, Stroppa, Pintscher, Widmann, Cresta, Sebastiani and Rihm. He performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the NDR, WDR and SWR Sinfonie Orchestern, the Toscanini Foundation Orchestra, the Lyon National Orchestra, the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra and many other ensembles. orchestras in Europe. He has developed a relationship with several vocal ensembles with whom he plays as a soloist: Helsinki Chamber Choir, The Cree of Paris, the Ensemble Solistes XXI. First alto solo at the Théâtre de la Monnaie in Brussels, he was then soloist of the Ensemble Intercontemporain for two decades.
His discography reflects the singularity of his career; the records he designed and recorded for the Aeon label received the highest awards: “Viola Voice” dedicated to Luciano Berio and Morton Feldman, was awarded a Diapason d’Or, 4 F of Télérama, the Shock of the World of Music, the Record Grand Prix of the Academy Charles Cros. His monograph Emmanuel Nunes and the double CD Alto / Multiple have been unanimously hailed by critics. In 2007, Christophe Desjardins created Philippe Manoury’s monumental Partita I, for alto and real-time electronics, which uses the technique of gesture capture, opening a new era in the development of mixed music. The work is the subject of important international tours and its recording for the Kairos label has received the Diapason d’Or. His discography also includes more than thirty records made within the Ensemble Intercontemporain.
Maurizio Pollini calls on him for the cycle of chamber music Pollini Perspectives, hosted in the biggest halls since summer 2011. Besides, he regularly plays with Teodoro Anzellotti, accordionist, Daniel Ciampolini, percussionist, Philippe Cassard and Wilhem Latchoumia, pianists. To discover and perceive the music differently, he creates shows with other arts, poetry, dance, video: Once upon a time, viola, Alto / Multiple, Harold and his double, viola songs, Caldo Disio.
Christophe Desjardins plays a viola by Francesco Goffriller, made in Venice around 1730. He was a professor at the Hochschule of Detmold and will teach at the start of 2011 at the CNSM in Lyon.