Pianist, born in a family of musicians, Valérie Schaeffer began playing the piano at the age of 5 with Marcel Mercier, disciple of Nadia Boulanger, Alfred Cortot and Yves Nat. She obtained her first prize at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris in the class of Jean-François Heisser and Marie-Josèphe Jude, then went on to perfect her skills with Gery Moutier and Jean-Claude Pennetier.
Passionate about chamber music, she is a sought-after partner of the greatest soloists of the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre National de France, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris, in particular the flutist Catherine Cantin, the oboists Jacques Tys and Nora Cismondi, the horn player André Cazalet, the clarinetist Philippe Berrod, the trombonist Michel Becquet, the trumpeter Thierry Caens…
She is regularly invited, as a soloist and in chamber music, to the auditorium of the Musée d’Orsay, to the Théâtre Mogador, to the Salle Cortot, to the Amphithéâtre Richelieu of the Sorbonne, to the auditorium 106 of the Maison de la Radio et de la Musique, to the Goethe Institut in Paris, to the Edgar Varèse auditorium in Lyon, to the Grand Théâtre in Limoges, to the Pianolines festival in Mantes-la-Jolie…
She also performs abroad, in the USA (auditorium of the Indiana School of music in Bloomington (USA); in Germany (Konzert-Saal of the Muzik-Hoschule in Trossingen and Leickshof in Siersburg; in China (Wuhan, Hainan) where she has also given master-classes (Wuhan and Guangzhou).
Since 2013, she regularly performs with the organist Jean-Baptiste Monnot, introducing the public to the little-known repertoire of works for organ and piano (Festival Le Printemps des orgues de Mantes, Live concert at the Austrian Radio in Vienna, Nuits Blanches de St Eustache …).
Valérie Schaeffer teaches piano at the Rainier III Academy of Monaco