Rendezvous: Reading Sessions for Full Orchestra, June 29, 30
For nearly 25 years, Pierre-André Valade has led a career as a guest conductor, performing worldwide. In 9119, he co-founded Court-circuit an ensemble for which he was the musical director for 16 years until January 2008 when he was appointed chief conductor of theAthelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen for 5 seasons from September 2009 to June 2014. In 2013, he became the principle guest conductor for the Ensemble orchestral contemporain.
Valade began his symphonic career in 1996 with Turangalîla Symphonie by Olivier Messiaen at the Festival of Perth (Australia) at the head of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. He then received several invitations in Europe, including that of the Bath International Music Festival where he conducted the London Sinfonietta for the first time. Valade has been invited to conduct the London Sinfonietta several times since that date. It is at the head of this ensemble that he took part in the tribute to Pierre Boulez at the South Bank Center in London in 2000 for the composer’s 75th birthday. In 2000, he also performed at the Sydney Festvial, conducted Harrison Birtwistle’s Theseus Game—a work for two conductors and full orchestra that he also premiered in November 2003 in Duisburg with Martyn Brabbyns at the head of the Ensemble Modern Frankfort— at the London Proms.
While Pierre-André Valade regularly conducts leading European ensembles dedicated to the repertoire of the 20th century, we also find him performing major works (Mahler, Debussy, Ravel, Wagner, Stravinsky, Bartok) with large symphonies. He has performed with the Philharmonia Orchestra, has conducted the soloists with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Göteborgs Symfoniker, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France, the Montreal Symphony, the Basel Sinfonieorchester, the Polish National Radio Symphny Orchestra in Katowice, the Tokyo Philharmonic, and other orchestras. The concert he conducted in August 2008 at the head of the Tokyo Philharmonic was applauded as one of the three concerts of the year in Japan. The same year, he received the Grand Prix from the Académie Charles Cross in the conductor category for a number of his recordings. In 2014, he began working with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra at the orchestra at La Scala in Milan.