Valentine Michaud is a saxophonist renowned for her exceptional depth and versatility in performance, blending musical finesse with compelling artistry. A recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including the Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes in 2017 and the Jurjans Andrejs VI Woodwind International Competition, she was notably the first wind player to win the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award in 2020. Her groundbreaking performances have led her to become the first saxophonist to solo with the Vienna Philharmonic, showcasing her remarkable talent at the Lucerne Festival under Esa-Pekka Salonen in the 2022-23 season with the world premiere of Anders Hillborg’s Peacock Tales for saxophone and orchestra.
Valentine’s career highlights include her debuts with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and at prestigious venues like KKL Luzern, Wigmore Hall in London, Grand Philharmonic Hall in St Petersburg, and many others. Her dedication to transdisciplinary collaborations is evident in her co-founding of the SIBJA collective with her brother Emmanuel Michaud, a visual artist and performer. Their trilogy of performances, WAITING FOR AMON, won the Nico Kaufmann Foundation Award in 2018, exemplifying Valentine’s commitment to merging dance, music, and visual arts.
In the realm of chamber music, Valentine’s duo Akmi, with pianist Akvilé Sileikaité, has been recognized with the Swiss Ambassador Award in 2019 and first prize at the Orpheus Swiss Chamber Music Competition in 2016. They are known for their performances at major festivals and venues and for their dedication to expanding the saxophone repertoire, as seen in their forthcoming duo album “Beyond the Wall” with Avie Records. Valentine also collaborates with her brother Gabriel Michaud in a percussion and saxophone duo, debuting at La Folle Journée de Nantes in 2023.
Valentine’s educational journey is equally diverse. She began her studies in Nantes under Joël Hérissé, then moved to Switzerland at age 16 to study with Pierre-Stéphane Meugé at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne. Her academic pursuits include a Bachelor’s degree in saxophone and musicology from Sorbonne University, followed by two Master’s degrees in instrumental pedagogy and performance.
Her discography includes “Beyond the Wall” with the Akmi Duo for Avie Records, “L’Opéra de Quat’Sous” with Le Balcon for Alpha Classics Outhere Music, and “Peacock Tales” with the Philharmonie Zuidnederlands for Fuga Libéra Outhere Music, demonstrating her eclectic range and commitment to both contemporary and classic saxophone repertoire.
Valentine Michaud stands as a pioneering figure in the world of classical saxophone, continually pushing the boundaries of the instrument through innovative performances, transdisciplinary collaborations, and a commitment to expanding its repertoire. Her contributions to the field are a testament to her exceptional skill and artistic vision, making her a prominent and influential figure in the saxophone community.
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