Violist Christophe Desjardins is passionately involved in two complimentary artistic fields: creation – he is an interpreter much sought after by composers of international standing – and interpretation itself, led by the ambition to open his instrument repertoire to a large 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 major orchestras, such 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.
He collaborates with many vocal ensembles as well: the Helsinki Chamber Choir, Les Cris de Paris, Solistes XXI... After his solo appearance with the Théâtre de la Monnaie of Brussels, he became a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain.
Christophe Desjardins’ discography reflects the singularity of his career. His CD Voix d’Alto (Viola voices), dedicated to Luciano Berio and Morton Feldman’s works, was published in January, 2005, with the label Aeon; it has received widespread acclaim from the most prestigious French press: Diapason d’Or, ffff from Télérama, Choc du Monde de la Musique and the Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros. His Nunes monograph and the double CD Alto/Multiples were unanimously praised by the critics. His discography includes also 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 Luciano Berio’s Sequenza VI, recorded for Deutsche Grammophon.
Christophe Desjardins created in 2007 Philippe Manoury’s monumental Partita I, for viola and electronics in real-time, based on the gestural capture technique, opening a new era for the development of mixed music. Partita I toured abroad and its recording with the label Kairos was rewarded by a Diapason d’Or.
Christophe Desjardins’ discography includes besides more than thirty discs recorded as he was a member of the Ensemble InterContemporain.
Maestro Pollini has invited Christophe Desjardins to play in a chamber music cycle entitled ‘Pollini Perspectives’, that will be performed in the most prestigious venues from August 2011 to 2013.
He also plays regularly with accordionist Teodoro Anzellotti, percussionist Daniel Ciampolini, pianists Philippe Cassard and Wilhem Latchoumia.
In an enthusiast endeavour to present music in a renewed and original 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…
He has been a teacher of the Detmold Hochschule; he teaches at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Lyon since September 2011.
Christophe Desjardins plays a viola by Francesco Goffriller made in Venice around 1730.