brilliant ambassador for the accordion
Viviane Chassot (born 1979, in Zurich), the Basel-based accordionist, appreciates the classical masters from J.S.Bach to Joseph Haydn as much as she does the latest music by Helena Winkelman or Stefan Wirth: they are all part of her repertoire which crosses the stylistic boundaries of musical genres from classical to jazz, and world to improvisation. With her sensitive, fresh, and controlled playing, the multi-faceted musician enthuses a wide audience for a classical niche instrument that possesses a sonority rich in nuance. Furthered from the age of 12 by Ernst Kaelin and Gérard Fahr, she studied with Teodoro Anzellotti at the Bern University of the Arts, graduating in 2006 with a teaching and concert diploma. Between 2009 and 2013, as a freelance musician, she attended numerous master classes in Leipzig, including with András Schiff andAlfred Brendel. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in renowned concert halls and festivals worldwide. In 2015, she was awarded the Swiss Ambassador's Award in London. Viviane Chassot was the first accordionist to be signed to the Sony Classical label. Her arrangements for the accordion of W.A. Mozart's piano concertos, which she recorded with the Camerata Bern in 2019, earned her a nomination for the International Classical Music Award the same year. In May 2021, she released "Pure Bach", an album of arrangements of solo works by J.S. Bach.