Saxophone

Valentine Michaud

Winner of the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award 2020


“Valentine Michaud is a phenomenal musician who has opened my ears to the saxophones’ unexpectedly enormous range of expression. She is expanding the frontiers of the instrument with her intriguing interdisciplinary performances.”

Pamela Rosenberg, Credit Suisse Young Artist Award Jury Member

(c)Gabrielle Besenval

Introduction

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.


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    20 Aug 20 Lucerne Festival
    KKL, Lucerne

    with Akvilė Šileikaitė.

    “Sie macht das Saxofon zum Publikumsmagnet in der Klassik. Die Saxofonistin Valentine Michaud auf dem Karrieresprung: Im KKL überzeugte sie mit Musikalität und Ausstrahlung.
    … Ein ausschweifender Duftgarten Bereits die für Sopransaxofon umgearbeitete Flötensonate in D-Dur von Sergej Prokofjew zeigt Nuancenmöglichkeiten. Rein in der Höhe, mit obertonreicher Fülle in teils fast unglaublichemPianissimo und mit stupender Artikulation und Technik entfaltet Michaud einen
    ausschweifenden Duftgarten. Das quirlende Spiel im zweiten Satz ist ein stilvirtuoser Zauberberg.”

    Roman Kühne, Luzerner Zeitung, 20 August 2020

     

    “Im Stueck <<L’etang du patrirche>> des Schweizer Komponisten Kevin Juillerat, das dem Duo gewidmet ist, bringt die Saxofonistin mit schraegen Klaengen, Mikrointervallen und Geraeusheffekten das reiche Potenzial ihres Instruments meisterhaft zum Klingen. Zum furiosen Finale wird Edison Denissows Sonate fuer Altsaxofon und Klavier, bei der die Musikerinnen zur Hochform auflaufen… Einfach elektrsierend!
    … Dabei stellt Micaud keineswegs den Typus der laessigen Jazzerin dar; ihr Spiel workt geradezu klassich-serioes, und Showelemente bleiben weitgehend aus.”

    Thomas Schacher, Neue Zuercher Zeitung, 26 August 2020

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    07 Nov 19
    Victoria Hall, Geneva

    with SIBJA Saxophone Quartet.

     

    “(…)c’est peu dire qu’ils ont conquis la salle.”
    Sylvie Bonier, Le Temps Lausanne, 11 November 2020

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    09 Nov 19 Migros Klassik
    KKL, Lucerne

    with SIBJA Saxophone Quartet.

    “Ein Talent der Zukunft, ein Superstar und ein Autodidakt”
    Roman Kühne, Luzerner Zeitung, 11 November 2019

     

    “Saxophon-Sketches mit erstklassiger Klanggestaltung…”
    Demian Krieger, InnerSchweiz Online, 11 November 2019