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Delphine Tissot



When and where was your first concert with the MCO? Lucerne, September 1999.

What’s the best thing about playing with the MCO? The very high standard of music and great companionship.

What do you need to feel at home while on tour? My Japanese incense and my tea.

Can you tell us something about your instrument? The back of my viola is made of poplar wood.

What CDs would you want with you on a desert island? Les Indes Galantes, Rameau.


Delphine Tissot started playing violin at the age of 5 in Annecy, France. She continued her studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Jean Lenert and then entered the viola class of Bruno Pasquier at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris. Her orchestral experiences began in 1996 with the European Community Youth Orchestra (1996-1997) and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, where she played as Co-Principal and Principal Viola.

Delphine Tissot was an extra player at the Berliner Philharmoniker between 1999 and 2001, during which time she played concerts, recorded and toured under Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Seji Osawa, Simon Rattle and Daniel Barenboim.

In 2002, she became a member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. She has been invited as a regular guest principal viola in the Orchestra Ensemble Kanazawa in Japan since 1999 and also performs regularly with David Grimal and Les Dissonances.

Before Joining the MCO, Delphine Tissot was Second Solo Viola at the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. She has also been invited as a principal guest with Les Musicians du Louvre and the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra.