Following musical studies in France, Romania and Germany (with the members of the Amadeus Quartet), Christophe Giovaninetti founded the YSAYE Quartet in 1984. After 11 successful years as 1st violinist, he left for a new challenge, creating, in 1995, the ELYSEE Quartet.

The two ensembles secured recordings with the likes of Decca, Harmonia Mundi, Philips, Zig-Zag Territoires, Naxos… and enjoyed performances in such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York); the Musikverein (Vienna); the Mozarteum (Salzburg); Wigmore Hall and Queen Elizabeth Hall (London); the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) ; the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris… Chamber music partners during that time included Augustin Dumay, Shlomo Mintz, Maria Joao Pires, Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley Michel Portal… From 2012 he conducted several concerts tours in Japan in sonata formation with the pianist/writer Izumiko Aoyagi, and founded in 2016 in Paris a trio with Michaël Levinas and Emmanuelle Bertrand. Outside of his performing activities, he also teaches at the 'Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris'. The late Sir Yehudi Menuhin once remarked of him "I am indebted to this angelic musician for one of the purest musical emotion of my life."