French conductor Pierre Vallet is renowned throughout the world for his superb musicianship, which has led him to work regularly with the world’s foremost opera houses.
Recent operatic engagements include Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and Gounod’s Faust at the Metropolitan Opera New York; Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona; La Juive at the Göteborg Opera Sweden; Hänsel and Gretel at the Saito Kinen Festival; Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle with Matthias Goerne and the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra on its debut tour of China; and Madama Butterfly at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. Pierre made his début in Tokyo conducting Otello with Tokyo Opera Nomori in 2006
Elsewhere Pierre has conducted Tannhäuser at L’Opéra national de Paris; Eugene Onegin and Tannhäuser at Tokyo Opera Nomori; and Massenet’s Manon at the Bolshoi in Moscow.
Opera projects in 2015/16 include Don Carlo at the Lithuanian National Opera, Vilnius, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges and Persée by Jacques Ibert at the Manhattan School of Music, New York
Pierre’s symphonic work includes several appearances at the Spoleto Festival USA, and he is a regular guest with the Greenwich Village Orchestra (NYC). Highlights at the GVO include a Wagner gala with soprano Christine Goerke; Elgar’s Sea Pictures with Jennifer Johnson Cano; Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6; Ravel's Shéhérazade with Sasha Cooke and Brahms Symphony No 4.
He recorded a CD of the Chopin piano concertos with pianist Elizabeth Sombart and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, which was released in April 2015. On April 16th he made his Royal Philharmonic Orchestra debut in a concert at Cadogan Hall in London. Upcoming projects include a CD of adagios of piano concertos with Elizabeth Sombart and a concert at Cadogan Hall on October 16th, 2016.
Pierre is a long-serving member of the Metropolitan Opera, first as a pianist and coach and later joining the roster of staff conductors.
Pierre Vallet has enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, working closely together on some forty operatic productions and concerts throughout Japan, the US and Europe, encompassing a large and diverse repertoire. At the Saito Kinen Festival Matsumoto he has conducted Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Humperdink’s Hänsel & Gretel, and has collaborated on many other productions including, most recently, Ravel’s L’enfant et les sortilèges / L’heure espagnole - directed by Laurent Pelly. In the summer of 2015 he will be collaborating with him again on Béatrice et Bénédict.
As chorus master, he has prepared the New York Choral Artists in Joan at the Stake by Honneger for the New York Philharmonic conducted by Alan Gilbert. He prepared the SKF Matsumoto Choir and the Ritsuyukai Choir for Britten’s War Requiem (Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra at Carnegie Hall), the Tokyo Opera Singers for La Damnation de Faust, and Beethoven 9th Symphony conducted by Seiji Ozawa at the Saito Kinen Festival. He has also appeared as conductor and lecturer at the choral festival Tokyo Cantat, where he conducted the closing concert in a program of works by Debussy, Ravel and Kodaly.
As a pianist, he has performed in duo recitals in both the US and Europe with some of the world’s most renowned singers, including Natalie Dessay, Maria Guleghina, Ying Huang and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Most recently he appeared at the Vienna State Opera with Roberto Alagna, and Joyce di Donato in a live stream concert for the release of her new album Stella Di Napoli.
A committed educator, Pierre Vallet is a sought-after 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 piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, as well as with Louis Hiltbrand in Geneva and Peter Feuchtwanger in London.