About this project
Valérie Sauvage discovered the clarinet at the age of 9 under Walter Meneghello’s class at the Académie de Musique of Ath in Belgium.
At the age of 16, she was a finalist at the Watreloos competition in France. She then began her studies at conservatoire de musique of Mons at the age of 19 and quickly obtained her Premier Prix in music theory as well as in clarinet under Gaston Bocquillon’s class.
She further got her Premier Prix in music chamber, in side-reading including a certificate of analysis at conservatoire de musique of Brussels. She perfected herself in clarinet for two years under Jean-Michel Charlier and Ronald Van Spaendonck’s classes. Back at conservatoire de musique of Mons, she got her diploma in the methodology of musical training and in the methodology of clarinet as well.At 24, Valérie Sauvage started her professional career as a clarinet teacher at both music schools of Ath and Tubize. Over the years, some of her students have brilliantly distinguished themselves in national competitions such as Raymond Micha, Sonatina or Sambreville. Deeply involved in teaching, she regularly attends competitions as a jury member and she is also a tutor for future music teachers at conservatoires de musique of Mons and Brussels. In 2015, in association with the oboist Raphaël Hertsens and the bassoonist Christophe Dino, she created «le trio des Anches Hantées » performing in Belgium, notably during the famous Summer days of Pairi Daiza.
Valérie Sauvage regularly performs with several musical ensembles such as the « Hainaut Picardie » orchestra or with the opera troupe « Les matelos de la Dendre » which plays in France as well. For several years now, in the summer months, she has been sharing her
musical passion and knowledge together with her friend Nathalie Lefèvre by giving clarinet lessons at the “Stage Musical de Roisin”, Hainaut, Belgium. She is very involved in the UNESCO recognized folklore of Ath, her home town. She is also very active within different
local music harmonies of her native region. Since 2017, she has been directing the Fanfare Royale of Moulbaix-Ligne which gives many concerts in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Since 2023, she has joined the French clarinet choir “Borée”. And this summer, she is going to South Korea for the international festival winds instruments with the St Omer harmony.