Courageous, gentle and highly musical: a native of Zurich and based in Basel, Viviane Chassot is considered one of the world’s foremost accordion performers. She immerses the sounds of the accordion in an astonishingly sensual light. In addition to original works for her instrument, she also plays keyboard works by Haydn, Mozart and Rameau and combines classical and jazz repertoire with New Music and improvisation. As the winner of the Kranichstein Music Award, in 2015 she was given the Swiss Ambassador’s Award London. Some of her CD recordings have been nominated for the prestigious German Record Critics’ Award (“Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”). With the release of selected piano concertos by Joseph Haydn on the Sony Classical label in March 2017, she became the first accordionist in the label’s history. Her second CD with Sony Classical, featuring arrangements of keyboard concertos by W. A. Mozart, was nominated for the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) in the “Concertos” category. Her new CD with solo works by J. S. Bach was released in April of 2021. In recognition of her pioneering work in her field and her artistic personality and international flair, Viviane Chassot received the Swiss Music Prize 2021.Viviane Chassot also teaches accordion at the Winterthur Conservatory and the Hohner Conservatory in Trossingen, Germany.