B i o g r a p h y

Born in 1991 French violist Manuel Vioque-Judde is one of the most promising violists of his generation.

Awarded numerous prizes in prestigious international competitions, he won second prize and special sonata prize at the "Primrose International Viola Competition" in Los Angeles in 2014, and second prize at the prestigious "XII Lionel Tertis International Viola Competition" on the Isle of Man in 2016.

As an accomplished musician both in concerto and in chamber music, he has performed with numerous orchestras such as the Youth Orchestra of France, the Conservatoire Graduates’ Orchestra, or the Nouvelle Europe Chamber Orchestra, in the Czech Republic with the Moravian Philarmonic Orchestra, or the Vogtland Philarmonic Orchestra and the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen in Germany in Europe, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra in the US and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela.

His intense activity as a chamber musician led him to perform in the most important classical venues in Europe, at the Folle Journée de Nantes, the Kamermuziek Festival Amsterdam, the Verbier Festival, the Folle Journée Niigata, the Seiji Ozawa Matumoto Festival, the Festival de Pâques d’Aix en Provence, the Tanglewood Music Festival, the 5th European Young Soloist Festival in Venezuela, the Festival Août Musical in Deauville, in Paris Philharmonie, in Geneva Victoria Hall, in Schloss Elmau and Kronberg.

In 2015 his first CD Viola Reflections, was released to critical acclaim from Diapason and Cadence magazines or France Musique on the Jeunes Solistes label with the support from Meyer Foundation.

Manuel studied the viola at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in Jean Sulem’s class, but he began his extensive musical training in Paris at the age of 5. In addition to viola he took to intensive piano and singing practice. He was therefore recruited very young to the French National Radio Children’s Chorus (Maîtrise de Radio France). His musical development includes training with distinguished contemporary violists including A. Tamestit, N. Imai, T. Masurenko, T. Zimmermann and L. Power. Every summer he joins the Seiji Ozawa International Academy in Switzerland.

In 2017 Manuel Vioque-Judde is laureate of the Fondation Banque Populaire and Revelation classique ADAMI.

He plays a viola built by Stephan von Baehr.