Valentine Ruffieux


Valentine Ruffieux was born in Fribourg (Switzerland) in 1982. When she was five, her family moved to the USA, where she first learnt the violin. She returned to Switzerland in 1994 and began preliminary studies with Frédéric Gachet at Fribourg Conservatory.

She finally switched to the viola at the age of sixteen, and after spending a year in Bolivia as an exchange student in 2002, she began studying with Nicolas Corti and Wendy Champney at the Zurich College of Arts. In 2008 she received her orchestral diploma and went on to study with Isabel Deplazes-Charisius at the Music Faculty of Lucerne University. Up to 2012, as a member of the LuzernQuartett, she additionally studied chamber music with the Alban Berg Quartet at the Cologne College of Music.

Valentine Ruffieux was a trainee in the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra from 2007 to 2009. She now performs as a guest with the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Camerata Schweiz and the Freiburg Chamber Orchestra, and has been a permanent member of the Lucerne Festival Strings since July 2012.

She has a special passion for chamber music and quartet-playing in particular. She teaches a viola class at the Thun Regional Music School.

What is special about the Lucerne Festival Strings to you?

«It is lovely to play in such a small ensemble. For me it is something between chamber and orchestral playing. I treasure the ensemble's commitment. One can give one's all and in concerts, each individual must contribute.»