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The French saxophonist Valentine Michaud, winner of the 2020 Credit Suisse Young Artist Award, was born in Paris in 1993 and grew up in Nantes. She received her first lessons on her instrument at the age of eight from Slava Kazykin. At sixteen, she took up studies with Pierre-Stéphane Meugé at the Lausanne Conservatory of Music, and from 2015 to 2018 she studied in Lars Mlekusch's master class at the Zurich University of the Arts. Michaud also studied musicology at the Sorbonne in Paris, graduating with a bachelor's degree in 2013 and a master's degree in music education in 2015. She has won numerous competitions, including the prestigious Andrejs Jurjāns International Woodwind Competition in Riga in 2016 and the Prix Credit Suisse Jeunes Solistes in 2017, which also earned her a debut concert at LUCERNE FESTIVAL. As part of the duo Akmi with the Lithuanian pianist Akvilė Šileikaitė, she has also received several awards, the most recent being the Swiss Ambassador's Award in 2019. Valentine Michaud is particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects: Together with a painter, two dancers, a performer, and other saxophonists, she created the trilogy Waiting for Amon, for which she was awarded the Nico Kaufmann Scholarship of the City of Zurich in 2018. Concerts with a repertoire ranging from Baroque to modern have taken her to London's Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Konzerthaus, Zurich's Tonhalle, and Geneva's Victoria Hall, as well as to New York, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. She has performed with the Mariinsky Orchestra under Valery Gergiev and the Orchestre des Continents under Thierry Fischer. Michaud attaches particular importance to collaborations with contemporary composers, as she is constantly seeking to enrich the repertoire for her instrument.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 17 August 2017 as part of the “Debut” series in a program of works by Denisov, Hindemith, Schulhoff, and Albright.