Hélène Grimaud was born in 1969 in Aix-en-Provence where she began her piano studies at the conservatory with Jacqueline Courtin, and subsequently in Marseille under Pierre Barbizet. She was accepted into the Paris Conservatory at age thirteen, where she studied with György Sándor and Leon Fleisher. In 1987, she gave her debut recital in Tokyo. The same year Daniel Barenboim invited her to perform with the Orchestre de Paris.
In 2013, Ms. Grimaud performs in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Russia, the US, Brazil, China, and Japan. Highlights include appearances with the Czech Philharmonic, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Philharmonia Orchestra, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Russian National Orchestra, the Cleveland and Philadelphia orchestras, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She regularly collaborates in chamber music with artists including Sol Gabetta, Thomas Quasthoff, Rolando Villazón, Jan Vogler, Truls Mørk, Clemens Hagen, and the Capuçon brothers.
Hélène Grimaud’s recordings have been awarded numerous accolades, among them the Cannes Classical Recording of the Year, Choc du Monde de la musique, Diapason d’Or, Grand Prix du disque, Record Academy Prize (Tokyo), Midem Classic Award, and the ECHO Award. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2002, Ms. Grimaud’s recent releases include an album of the two Brahms piano concertos with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic, respectively, and the Grammy-nominated album Duo, with cellist Sol Gabetta. Previous releases include a recording of Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 19 and 23 with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra, several recital discs, an album of works of Bach, in which she directed the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen from the piano, a Beethoven disc with Staatskapelle Dresden, and a DVD release of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Ms. Grimaud first appeared with the San Francisco Symphony in 1993 as a Shenson Young Artist and has since performed with the Orchestra many times.
In 1999 Ms. Grimaud established the Wolf Conservation Center in New York State. She is also a member of the organization Musicians for Human Rights. Her first book, Variations Sauvages, was published in 2003 and her second book, Leçons particulières, followed in 2005.