Pierre-André Valade

Pierre-André Valade

Pierre-André Valade was born in central France in 1959. In 1991 he co-founded the Paris based Ensemble Court-Circuit of which he was Music Director for sixteen years until January 2008, before he was appointed chief conductor with the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen in September 2009.

He is especially well-known and admired for his performances of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries, and receives regular invitations from major festivals and orchestras in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Of his many recordings, Grisey's Les Espaces Acoustiques has been singled out for particular praise and won both the Diapason d'or de l'année 1999 and the Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros. His more recent recordings include works by Hugues Dufourt (also given a Diapason d'Or of the Year 2008, as well as a "Choc" du Monde de la Musique), and on Deutsche Grammophon Harrison Birtwistle's Theseus Game, a piece he premiered in Duisburg and conducted at the South Bank, BBC Proms, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Lucerne International Festival and in Berlin.

In the past few years he has conducted many different orchestras in a wide range of repertoire from Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Stravinsky to Berio, Birtwistle, Boulez, Carter, Lachenmann, Stockhausen, as well as numerous pieces by composers of the younger generation, notably composers of the French Spectralist school such as Hugues Dufourt, Gérard Grisey, Philippe Hurel, Philippe Leroux and Tristan Murail.

Highlights from his recent or future appearances include a concert with the Tokyo Philharmonic in August 2008 which was singled out as   one of the three best concerts of the year in Japan. In 2008 he has received again the Grand-Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, this time under the category "conductor", for his achievements in three recent recordings.

He is a regular guest conductor with the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Other orchestras he has worked with include the BBC Symphony in London, BBC Scottish Symphony in Glasgow, BBC National Orchestra of Wales in Cardiff, Philharmonia in London, BBC Ulster Orchestra in Belfast, Luxembourg Philharmonic, Göteborgs Symfoniker, Oslo Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France in Paris, Orchestre de Paris, Saarbrucken Radio Symphony, RTÉ National Symphony of Ireland in Dublin, Montreal Symphony, Northern Sinfonia in Newcastle, I pomeriggi Musicali in Milan, Accademia Nationale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai Torino, Teatro Carlo Felice in Genova, Ensemble Intercontemporain in Paris, the London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, Ensemble Musikfabrik in Dusseldorf, Ensemble Laboratorium in Lugano.

He made his BBC Proms debut in 2001, and has appeared at the Aldeburgh, Bath International, Holland, Strasbourg Musica, Oslo Ultima, Monte Carlo Le Printemps des Arts, Nice Manca, Paris Ircam Agora, Radio-France Présences, Perth and Sydney festivals. In 2005 he conducted the world premiere of Marc Monnet's opera Pan for the Opéra du Rhin in Strasbourg. In 2006, he conducted London performances of Mixtur by Stockhausen with the London Sinfonietta, a portrait of Helmut Lachenmann with the Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra, as well as Fauré's Requiem and Verdi's Quattro Pezzi Sacri with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus at Westminster Cathedral. In 2008, he participates to the 100th anniversary of Messiaen's birth conducting works in London, Wellington, Basel and Hanoi, and presents for the first time in Japan Les Espaces Acoustiques by Gérard Grisey with the Tokyo Philharmonic at Suntory Hall for the Festival Century 21.

In January 2001 he was awarded Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture.

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