Pierre-André Valade co-founded the Paris-based ensemble Court-circuit in 1991, and remained its music director for sixteen years, until January 2008. In September 2009, he was appointed chief conductor of the Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen. He is especially well-known and admired for his performances of repertoire from the 20th and 21st centuries, and receives regular invitations from major festivals and orchestras in Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
He has conducted many different orchestras in a wide range of repertoire, from Berlioz, Wagner, Verdi, Mahler, Ravel, Debussy, Saint-Saëns and Stravinsky to Berio, Birtwistle, Boulez, Carter, Lachenmann, Stockhausen, and frequently, composers of the younger generation, notably those of the French “Spectral school”, such as Hugues Dufourt, Gérard Grisey, Philippe Hurel, Philippe Leroux, and Tristan Murail.
He is regular guest conductor with the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich. Other orchestras he has worked with include the BBC Symphony, BBC Scottish Symphony, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Philharmonia Orchestra, Gothenburg Symphony, Orchestre de Paris, Saarbrücken Radio Symphony, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Ensemble InterContemporain, London Sinfonietta, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, musikFabrik, and Ensemble Modern. He made his BBC Proms debut in 2001, and has appeared at the Aldeburgh, Bath, Perth, Sydney, Holland, Strasbourg Musica, IRCAM Agora, and Présences festivals, among others.