It ought to be a large, golden instrument

Valentine Michaud. Photographs: Regula Bearth © ZHdK

It ought to be a large, golden instrument

Student portrait: Valentine Michaud

Valentine Michaud grew up in Nantes (France) and now lives in Lausanne. She is a saxophone major doing a Master’s in Specialised Music Performance. She studied music in France and went on to earn a Master’s in Music Education in Lausanne.


Perrine Yarar: Why did you decide to do a Master’s in Specialised Music Performance at ZHdK?
Valentine Michaud: When I was seven, I told my parents that I wanted to play a large, golden instrument. The tuba was too voluminous, so I decided it would be the saxophone. I wanted to study at ZHdK because being here allows me to meet not only great musicians but also fantastic painters, dancers, and designers.

How do you prepare for a performance?
I don’t have a secret recipe. The best preparation is quite simply to be prepared. And that involves practising, practising, practising! I find competitions more stressful than concerts, but usually the tension has gone after the first five minutes on stage.

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