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
Valentine Michaud’s 2023/24 season includes debuts with the MDR Sinfonieorchester, Prague Philharmonia, Jenaer Philharmonie, and Pannon Philharmonic, as well as recitals at the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Beethovenfest Bonn, Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, and La Folle Journée.
Highlights of the last two seasons include performances with the Wiener Philharmoniker under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen, where Valentine became the first saxophone soloist to perform with the orchestra. She has also recently debuted with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with Vasily Petrenko, the Philharmonie Zuidnederland with Duncan Ward, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, as well as Orchestra Wellington, among others.
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.
A recipient of numerous awards, including the Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes (2017), and Jurjans Andrejs VI Woodwind International Competition, in 2020 Valentine was the first wind player to be awarded the prestigious Credit Suisse Young Artist Award.