Pierre-André Valade was born in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France in 1959. After a successful international career as a flautist, he took up conducting full-time in 1990. He is music director of the Paris based Ensemble Court-Circuit, which he co-founded in 1991 with Philippe Hurel.
Pierre-André Valade is especially well-known for his performances of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries, having been inspired by Pierre Boulez with whom he has been in close contact for many years. He receives regular invitations from major festivals and orchestras in many countries.
In the past few years he has conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the orchestras of Caen, Lorraine, Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, the London Sinfonietta, the Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Modern, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Avanti Ensemble, and I Solisti di Milano. Elsewhere in Europe he has conducted the orchestra’s of the Accademia Nationale di Santa Cecilia Rome and Teatro Carlo Felice Genova, at the invitation of Luciano Berio, as well as the music of Pierre Boulez with members of the Berlin Philharmonic at the Salzburg Easter Festival.