Valérie Aimard

Valérie Aimard

Born in Lyon in 1962, Valérie Aimard studied with Michel Strauss and Philippe Muller in Paris at the CNSMD « Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse ». She obtained the First Prizes of cello and chamber music before starting there an improvement cycle.

Then, she attended masterclasses with such cellists as Geringas, Claret or Starker but also with pianists, violonists, singers or conductors, opening her musical view. Her musical evolution will be particularly influenced by her meeting in 1992 with the american cellist Bernard Greenhouse.
In 1991, Valerie Aimard is prize winner of the Maria Canals competition in Barcelona.

Then, she won various international cello or chamber music competition and start a brilliant career, far from any facility or concession. She performed in more than 20 different countries, playing récitals, chamber music or as a soloist, and she has the privilege to be invited several times to play in USA, at the Malboro festival.

Open to every age of music, Valérie Aimard gives the same importance to classical and romantic, works.

Her discography begins in 1996 with the Kodaly cello sonata (Agon). She is noticed by the french Magazine Diapason as « an undeniably original artist ». Then she recorded for Lyrinx–Harmonia Mundi: Mendelssohn work for cello and piano with Pierre–Laurent Aimard and a record of french music with Cédric Tiberghien (Debussy, Honegger, Chausson, Vierne).

Her recordings received the best french awards (Diapason d´Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, ffff de Télérama).

Besides his brilliant career as a cellist Valerie Aimard has a passion for the art of mime.

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