Valentine Michaud

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

About Valentine

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.

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Worldwide general management with Askonas Holt

Season Highlights

Sep 2023
Post Tower, Beethovenfest Bonn
POST KLASSIK VERTIKAL Kordz (piano & producer) Kai Strobel (percussion)
Nov 2023
Volkshaus, Jena
Glazunov Saxophone Concerto in E-flat major Op. 109 Jenaer Philharmonie Valentin Uryupin (conductor)
Jan 2024
Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven
Works by Monk, Piazzolla, Cangelosi, Michaud, Ter Veldhuis, Tanada, & Fauré. Gabriel Michaud (percussion)



Selected Repertoire

BirtwistlePANIC for saxophone, wind band and drums
DebussyRhapsodie pour saxophone et orchestre
Florent SchmittLégende for saxophone and orchestra, Op. 64
Frank MartinBallade for saxophone and orchestra
GlazunovConcerto in in E-flat Major, Op.109
Henri TomasiBallade for saxophone and orchestra   •   Concerto for saxophone and orchestra
HillborgPeacock Tales
IbertConcertino da Camera
John AdamsConcerto for saxophone and orchestra
John PsathasZahara for saxophone and orchestra
John WilliamsEscapades
Justé JanulytéThe Colour of Water
Nadir VassenaMateria Oscura for saxophone and ensemble
PendereckiConcerto for saxophone and orchestra
Villa-LobosFantasia for soprano saxophone and orchestra

Sample Programmes

  • Programme 1:

    Sergueï Prokoviev, Flute sonata in D major - 25' Alexander Glazunov, The Minstrel Song - 4' Kevin Juillerat, L'Etang du Patriarche - 9' Francis Poulenc, Sonate for oboe and piano - 15' Edison Denisov, Sonata for saxophone alto and piano - 10'

  • Programme 2 (American themed):

    Leonard Bernstein, Sonata for clarinet and piano - 10' Misha Zupko, "Red Walls of Fog" and "Mango Café" from "In Transit" - 12' William Bolcolm, Lilith - 16' George Gershwin, Three Preludes - 10' William Albright, Sonata for saxophone and piano - 17'



  • Album: PhilZuid / Duncan Ward / Valentine Michaud

    Nov 2023
    • Incendiary the Dance Suite by Béla Bartók paves the way to Peacock Tales by Anders Hillborg, composed for clarinettist Martin Fröst, who devised mime and lighting to go with it. Now performed by saxophonist Valentine Michaud who during the concerts wore a beautifully feathered mask. Yet the piece is aurally theatrical enough: a spectacular battle erupts between soloist and orchestra in a cacophony of sound languages and styles. Though somewhat on the sharp side, details in Debussy's La Mer are nicely highlighted, such as the woodwinds at the beginning, above the deep harp strings. When violin, flute or oboe break free, the melodies reflect like rays of light on the undulating basses. Jeux de vagues is not a limp flirtation but real play, the percussion majestic.