Masterclass – Pierre Vallet

Distinguished conductor, pianist and educator Maestro Pierre Vallet in Masterclass in this year’s Josephine Mongiardo Great Coaches Series.  Four singers will be selected to present their operatic arias in Italian, French and German.

About the Presenter

Praised for the elegance and intensity of his interpretations, French conductor Pierre Vallet is a frequent guest with the world’s great opera companies.  He has conducted Madama Butterfly and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera; Tannhäuser at L’Opéra National de Paris; Don Carlo at the Lithuanian National Opera Theater; La Juiveat the Göteborg Opera Sweden; Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu Barcelona. Upcoming engagements include Samson et Dalila at the Dallas Opera; Orfeo at the Opera Theater of Saint Louis; and Don Carlo at the Lithuanian National Opera Theater.

Vallet is a long-serving member of the Metropolitan Opera, first as a pianist and coach and later joining the roster of staff conductors.   He has also enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, working closely together on some forty operatic productions and concerts throughout Japan, the US and Europe, encompassing a large and diverse repertoire.

As a pianist, he has performed in duo recitals in both the US and Europe with some of the world’s most renowned singers, including Natalie Dessay, Maria Guleghina, Ying Huang, Denyce Graves (at the White House) and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. More recently he appeared at the Vienna State Opera with Roberto Alagna, and with Joyce di Donato in a live stream concert for the release of her new album Stella Di Napoli.

A committed educator, Pierre Vallet is a sought-after lecturer and guest teacher at the world’s premier training institutions. In addition to his work with the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera, he has been a regular visitor to the Steans Music Institute at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Houston Grand Opera Studio and Opera Hong Kong.

Vallet studied conducting and the theory of phenomenology in music with Sergiù Celibidache, piano with Louis Hilbrand in Geneva and Peter Feuchtwanger in London. He is a graduate of L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.