Madeleine Carruzzo – Viola
Born in Sion, Switzerland, Madeleine Carruzzo studied with Tibor Varga at the Music Academy of Detmold and served as concertmaster of the orchestra from 1978-1981. In 1982 she became the first woman to join the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, then under the direction of Herbert von Karajan. She has performed as soloist with various orchestras, and is a member of the Berlin Philharmonic String Soloists (the Haydn Ensemble). She has participated in major chamber music festivals, including Salzburg, Lockenhaus, Schleswig-Holstein and Jerusalem. She has performed with artists including Yefim Bronfman, Sir András Schiff, Nikolaj Znaider, Renaud and Gauthier Capuçon, Guy Braunstein, Gérard Caussé, Nobuko Imai, Boris Pergamenschikow, Frans Helmerson and Emmanuel Pahud. In 2001 she was honoured by the Runzi Foundation, and in 2012 received an award from the city of Sion.