Yann Passabet-Labiste

Play as if tomorrow does not exist

Yann Passabet-Labiste is in my opinion one of the finest violinists of his generation

Rudolf Koelman (Jascha Heifetz’s pupil)

International Soloist, Recitalist and Chambrist, Grand Prize Winner and Laureate of international competitions, regularly invited as guest violin solo, passionate pedagogue, Yann travels around the globe to give performances.

Yann has been working with renowned conductors, artists and performed in concert halls, such as;

Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Charles Dutoit, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Itzhak Perlman, Alfred Brendel, Martha Argerich, Leif Ove Andsnes, Sarah Chang, Joshua Bell, Hilary Hahn, Julia Fisher, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma, Truls Mørk, Lynn Harel, Emmanuel Pahud, James Galway, … >>> Read more

Tonhalle of Zürich, the KKL of Luzern, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Albert Hall, the Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw, the Pleyel Hall in Paris, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, … >>> Read more

Yann Passabet-Labiste, founder
and CEO of Artistica music agency,
Recording artist under Syrius label.



Yann began playing violin at the age of 4. He was Gold Medal winner at 14 years old and 1st Excellency Prize winner at 15 at the National Music School of Ville d’Avray in Paris. He won the Prize of the City of Paris with distinctions at the age of 17, as well as the 1st Prize of Perfection with distinctions, at the same year at the National Music School of Meudon, Paris.

Yann entered the Superior Conservatory of Geneva in 1998 and passed the Examination of Perfection with success 8 months later. In 2001, at the age of 22, he won the 1st Prize of Virtuosity with distinctions at the Conservatory.

After leaving the conservatory, Yann has been Grand Prize winner, Laureate, recipient of special awards and distinguished himself in numerous international competitions such as:
_Tibor Varga International Violin Competition (Switzerland)
_Paganini Moscow international violin competition (Russia)
_Jacques Thibaud International Violin Competition (France)
_Violin Masters of Monte-Carlo (Monaco)
_Enesco international violin competition (Romania)
_Mozart international violin competition (Germany)
_Andrea Postacchini international violin competition (Italy)
_Lipizer international violin competition (Italy)
_Johannes Brahms international music competition (Austria)
_Valsesia Musica international violin competition (Italy)
_Padova international competition of Musical Execution (Italy)
_Grand Prix d'Europe (France)
_London Grand Prize Virtuoso (U.K.)
_Haverhill Sinfonia Soloist competition (U.K.)

A CD under the label Syrius will be soon released.

“Yann Passabet-Labiste is in my opinion one of the finest violinists of his generation”

Rudolf Koelman (Jascha Heifetz's pupil)

“… I watched recently a performance of his playing the Tchaikovsky Concerto, and was stunned at his impeccable playing and manner of execution. In addition to flawless intonation, a left hand that any violinist would envy, and complete control of the architecture of the piece and sound music making. Mr. Passabet-Labiste possesses a bow-arm that is rarely seen (Vengerov had such a remarkable bow-arm). This kind of bow-arm goes beyond what can be taught, and although must be cultivated through years of dedicated preparation, is a gift that very few possess.”

Mark Laycock (international conductor)