Valentine Buttard

“My congratulations on your remarkable talent and personality. With heartfelt thanks” Henri Dutilleux

“And above all, bravo for the expressive and poetic quality of your interpretations, showing complete mastery.” Philippe Hersant

The young concert pianist Valentine Buttard, recognized by leading contemporary composers for her discerning interpretations, has been committed to performing and sharing their music for several years now.  Her memorable encounter in 2012 with the composer Henri Dutilleux, a few months before his death, who expressed his gratitude and enthusiasm for her interpretation of his Trois Préludes, encouraged her in this endeavor. Already in 2002, she had won a first prize at the International Competition of Contemporary Music in Fribourg, Switzerland, and in 2009, as a laureate of the Ile de France International Piano Competition, she received a special prize for her interpretation of a Prélude by Henri Dutilleux. 

Encounters and collaborations with Iris Szeghy, whose work she has performed, and with Philippe Hersant, who dedicated his Steps cycle to her, also attest to her interest in and talent for contemporary music. 

Born in 1986 in Belfort, France, Valentine Buttard studied with Rena Shereshevskaya in Colmar and continued her studies at the Musikhochschule of Hanover, Germany (2005 – 2015) first with Vladimir Krainev and Matti Raekallio, and subsequently with Roland Krüger. Working with Igor Tchetuev also contributed to her musical development.

She brilliantly earned her solo performance and teaching degrees, as well as her Master of Solo Performance degree, receiving the highest honors. She has also attended master-classes with Grigory Gruzman, Lev Naoumov, Emmanuel Krasovsky, Wolfgang Manz, Brigitte Engerer, Jacques Rouvier, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Francois-René Duchable, and Pierre Pontier.

Valentine Buttard gives recitals regularly in France, Germany, and Switzerland. She has been invited to play in prestigious festivals like the Lille Piano(s) Festival, the Festival International de Colmar, the Festival International de Besançon, the Festival International de piano de Saint-Ursanne/Switzerland, in the Jeunes Talents concert series in Paris, and at such venues as the Scènes nationales of Quimper and of Montbéliard, the Bechstein Centrum in Hanover/ Germany and the Oberhausen/Germany theatre. She is also regularly invited to play in the Salon de Musique en Franche Comté concert series.

She has been a soloist with orchestra with works by Mozart, Beethoven, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn, with the Ensemble Instrumental La Follia, the Collegium Musicum de Mulhouse, the Orchestre Victor Hugo Franche-Comté, and, in a series of concerts in Switzerland, with the Orchestre Symphonique du Jura Suisse under the direction of Facundo Agudin.

In addition to her activity as a soloist, Valentine Buttard is a dedicated chamber musician, in particular with her 4-hands piano duet partner Elena Bobrovskikh (Duo Barcarolle) with whom she was invited to the Lille Piano(s) Festival in June 2014.

In 2011 she held a „Musik braucht Freunde“ scholarship. In October 2014 she received a grant from the Fonds Fravanni under the auspices of the Fondation Roi Baudouin (Belgium), for the recording of a CD dedicated to the work of Philippe Hersant. In January 2015, the Fondation d’entreprise Safran pour la musique (Paris) also decided to provide grant support for this project.

Valentine Buttard resides in Berlin.