Conductor Pierre Vallet is renowned throughout the world for his superb musicianship, leading him to work regularly with the world’s foremost musicians and opera houses. Pierre came to conducting following the time-honoured path of working in opera houses around the world as pianist and coach, leading to his début in Tokyo conducting Otello with Tokyo Opera Nomori in 2006.
Highlights of the 2011/12 season included performances of Gounod’s Faust at both the Metropolitan Opera, New York and the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona, marking his début in both houses. In Barcelona, Pierre opened the season with a cast including Krassimira Stoyanova, Piotr Beczala and Erwin Schott, while in New York he conducted a performance of director Des McAnuff’s new production, featuring Marina Poplavskaya, René Pape and Jonas Kauffmann. This same season he conducted the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra in its début tour of China, with performances of Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Matthias Goerne in the title role. He returned to Japan to conduct performances of Madama Butterfly. Elsewhere Pierre has conducted Tannhäuser at L’Opéra national de Paris, Otello, Eugene Onegin and Tannhäuser at Tokyo Opera Nomori and Massenet’s Manon at the Bolshoi in Moscow. Future engagements include La Juive for The Göteborg Opera in Sweden, with director Günter Krämer.
Pierre Vallet has enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa working closely with him on more than thirty operatic productions and concerts throughout Japan, (in particular at the Saito Kinen Festival in Matsumoto) the US and Europe, encompassing a large and diverse repertoire. During this time Ozawa has encouraged and nurtured Pierre’s conducting. His appearances at the Saito Kinen Festival have included Humperdink’s Hänsel & Gretel and Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia. In 2013 he continues this collaboration with a Ravel double-bill - L’heure espagnole / L’enfant et les sortilèges - directed by Laurent Pelly.
Pierre is a long-standing member of the conducting roster of the Metropolitan Opera, where he has worked closely with conductors including James Levine, Alain Altinoglu, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Seiji Ozawa, Bertrand de Billy, Marco Armiliato, Jiri Belohlávek, Jesús Lopez-Cobos and Louis Langrée. During this time he has developed ongoing relationships with many of the world’s leading singers, for whom he is the vocal coach of choice.
Making his symphonic conducting debut at the Spoleto Festival in 2009 in a programme of Respighi and Mendelssohn, he returned in 2010 with a programme of works by Fauré, Roussel and Beethoven. Pierre also appears regularly with Greenwich Village Orchestra (NYC) – recent performances have included Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Jennifer Johnson Cano, Beethoven’s Symphony No 4 and Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. He returns for two further appearances in 2013 to conduct Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and a Wagner evening with soprano Christine Goerke.
Pierre Vallet has a particular skill and ability in communicating with choruses, not just in the opera house, but also in the great choral works - demonstrated by the preparation of choruses for works including Britten’s War Requiem (Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall), La Damnation de Faust, Mahler Symphony No 2, and Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder. Last season he also appeared as conductor and lecturer at choral festival Tokyo Cantat, where he conducted the closing concert in a programme of works by Debussy, Ravel and Kodaly.
In demand as a collaborative pianist by the most renowned singers, in 2011/12 Pierre appeared with Roberto Alagna in a gala recital at the Vienna State Opera, and he has also given recitals with artists including Natalie Dessay, Maria Guleghina, Ying Huang and Dmitri Hvorostovsky.
A committed educator, Pierre Vallet is a renowned lecturer and guest teacher at the world’s premiere training institutions. He has been a regular visitor to the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Wolf Trap Opera company, and the Houston Grand Opera Studio.
Pierre studied conducting and the theory of phenomenology in music with Sergiu Celibidache, and studied piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur de Musique de Paris, as well as with Louis Hiltbrand in Geneva and Peter Feuchtwanger in London.
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