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Praised for the elegance and intensity of his interpretations, Vallet is a frequent guest conductor with the world’s great opera companies.
Performance highlights include Madama Butterfly and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera; Tannhäuser, Carmen and Tales of Hoffmann at L’Opéra National de Paris; Samson et Dalila and Carmen at The Dallas Opera; Orfeo at Opera Theater Saint Louis; Don Carlo at the Lithuanian National Opera Theater; La Juive at the Göteborg Opera, Sweden and Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona.
With the Royal Philharmonic and Elizabeth Sombart, he has recorded all Beethoven piano concertos, the Chopin piano concertos, and 4 concertos by Mozart. Upcoming recordings include all Mozart piano concertos with the RPO.
His recording of Beethoven's piano concertos was nominated one of the ten best recordings released for the Beethoven’s 250th anniversary by Classical Music Magazine
He enjoyed a twenty-year musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, with whom he worked closely on some forty operatic productions.
For the past 22 years, he has been associated with the Metropolitan Opera, first as pianist and coach and more recently as staff conductor.
He is a graduate of L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.