Praised for the elegance and intensity of his interpretations, Pierre Vallet is a frequent guest conductor with the world’s great opera companies.
Performance highlights include Madama Butterfly and Faust at the Metropolitan Opera; Tannhäuser and Carmen at L’Opéra National de Paris; Samson et Dalila and Carmen at The Dallas Opera; Orfeo at Opera Theater Saint Louis; Don Carlo at the Lithuanian National Opera Theater; La Juive at the Göteborg Opera, Sweden; Faust at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona. The New York Times selected his North American premiere performance of Persée et Andromède as one of the top ten classical performances in New York in 2016.
He has enjoyed a long-term musical partnership with Seiji Ozawa, with whom he has worked closely on some forty operatic productions throughout Japan, the US and Europe. For the past 21 years, he has been associated with the Metropolitan Opera, first as pianist and coach and then as conductor.
Maestro Vallet's symphonic work includes appearances at the RPO in London; the Camerata Royal in Bucharest; the Filarmonica Brasov; the National Philharmonic of Chisinau, Moldova; the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Spoleto Festival USA. He has lead the RPO in recordings of the complete piano concertos by Beethoven, the Chopin piano concertos and a collection of Favorite Adagios of piano concertos, all with pianist Elizabeth Sombart. For Albany Records, he has recorded the opera Cendrillon by Nicolò Isouard.
As a pianist, he has performed in duo recitals with some of the world’s most renowned singers, including Natalie Dessay, Maria Guleghina, Denyce Graves (at the White House), Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Roberto Alagna (at the Vienna State Opera), Nancy Herrera (at the Teatro Solis in Montevideo) and Joyce di Donato.
A committed educator, Pierre Vallet is a sought-after lecturer and guest teacher at the world’s premier training institutions.
He is a graduate of L’Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris.