Winner of the 2020 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, Valentine Michaud is a saxophonist of extraordinary depth and versatility. With a technique that perfectly blends musical finesse and compelling artistry, Valentine is quickly building a reputation as a musician whose innovative and virtuosic performances make her an advocate for the saxophone and arts alike.
Through her adventurous approach to her art, Valentine’s performances expand the expressive range of the saxophone. Her drive to push boundaries and explore new horizons has established Valentine her unique place in the ever-evolving world of classical music.
A recipient of numerous awards, Valentine recently received the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, which resulted in her invitation to debut with the Vienna Philharmonic under Gustavo Dudamel at the Lucerne Festival in September 2020. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this performance has been postponed. Other awards include the Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes (2017), and Jurjans Andrejs VI Woodwind International Competition.
Valentine has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and in chamber music groups on many of the world’s leading stages, including KKL Luzern, London’s Wigmore Hall, Grand Philharmonic Hall St Petersburg, Wiener Konzerthaus, Tonhalle Zurich, Geneva’s Victoria Hall and the Great Guild Hall in Riga, amongst others.
Passionate about promoting the fusion of diverse art forms in her work, Valentine is one of the founding members of SIBJA; a collective of artists which, through its’ collaborative approach to music-making, has seen performances merging painters, dancers, musicians and live electronic music in a variety of unique settings, such as the ‘Waiting for Amon’ trilogy. With a drive to work with artists of her own generation, Valentine enjoys advocating new repertoire for the saxophone. She regularly performs with her duo partner, Akvilé Sileikaité, as Akmi Duo. Avid champions of new music, Akmi Duo often work with composers, committed to expanding the saxophone repertoire.
Born in Paris in 1993, Valentine studied saxophone and piano in Nantes before moving to Switzerland at the age of 16 to study with Pierre-Stéphane Meugé at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne. She continued her studies at the Sorbonne University in Paris followed by the Zurich University of the Arts under Lars Mlekusch.
Valentine is a Henri Selmer artist.