Valentine Ruffieux

Valentine Ruffieux, viola, was born in Fribourg, Switzerland in 1982. When she was five years old she moved to the United States with her family, where she took her first violin lessons at the age of six. In 1994 she moved back to Switzerland and continued her musical education at the conservatory in Fribourg with Frédéric Gachet.

From 1994 until 1999 Valentine was a member of the “Orchestre des jeunes de Fribourg”. At the age of 16 she decided to change definitely from the violin to the viola. After an exchange year in Bolivia (1999-2000) she finished her schooling, obtaining a Baccalauréat in 2002.

In the fall of 2002 Valentine Ruffieux began studying the viola with Nicolas Corti and Wendy Champney at the Zürich University of the Arts, graduating with distinction in 2008 (Orchestra Diploma). From 2008 until 2010 she studied at the “Hochschule Luzern-Musik” with Isabel Charisius. She participated in masterclasses with Thomas Riebl and Kim Kashkashian.

Valentine was a member of the Swiss Youth Symphony Orchestra from 2002 until 2006, from 2004 as Solo Viola. She worked as a trainee with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for the 2007/2008 and 2008/2009 seasons.

Valentine Ruffieux works regularly as an extra with Camerata Schweiz, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Camerata Zürich and the Freiburger Kammerorchester. Since 2012 she has been a member of the Festival Strings Lucerne.

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Beethoven & Schostakowich Concert. November 2, 2014. Riggisberg 20:00.

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B. Bartok - Streichquartett Nr. 2 Op. 17
II Satz: Allegro molto caproccioso
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III Satz: Lento
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G. Bacewicz - Streichquartett Nr. 4
I Satz
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J. Haydn - Quartett Op. 50 Nr. 5
I Satz: Allegro Moderato
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II Satz: Poco Adagio "Der Traum"
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