Praised for the elegance and intensity of his interpretations, French conductor, Pierre Vallet is a frequent guest with the world’s great opera companies. He has conducted Madama Butterfly and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera, Tannhäuser at L’Opéra National de Paris, Don Carlo at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater, Vilnius, La Juive at the Göteborg Opera Sweden, Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona, Eugene Onegin, Tannhäuser, Otello at Tokyo Opera Nomori, L'Enfant et les Sortilèges and Persée by Jacques Ibert at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Hänsel and Gretel at the Saito Kinen Festival, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle in Shanghai and Beijing, Madama Butterfly at Tokyo Bunka Kaikan and Massenet’s Manon at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow.
Pierre’s symphonic work includes several appearances at the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London, the Royal Camerata in Bucharest, the Spoleto Festival USA and the Greenwich Village Orchestra in New York.
He recorded a CD of the Chopin piano concertos with pianist Elizabeth Sombart and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios. Upcoming projects include a CD of adagios of piano concertos with Elizabeth Sombart and a concert at Cadogan Hall in October 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.
As chorus master, he has prepared the New York Choral Artists in Joan at the Stake by Honegger 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.
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, Denyce Graves (at the White House) and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. More recently he appeared at the Vienna State Opera with Roberto Alagna, and with 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 premier 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, the Houston Grand Opera Studio and Opera Hong Kong.
Pierre studied conducting and the theory of phenomenology in music with Sergiù Celibidache, piano with Louis Hilbrand in Geneva and Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He is a graduate of L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.
Update July 2016