- Born in Aix en Provence in 1969, HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD studied the piano at the Conservatoire in her native town and subsequently in Marseille with Pierre Barbizet. At the age of thirteen, she was accepted by the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris, where she won the first prize in Jacques Rouvier's class in 1985. She studied additionally with Gyorgy Sandor and with Leon Fleischer.
- The year 1987 marked a decisive turning point in her career with appearances at MIDEM in Cannes and at the piano festival La Roque d'Anthéron, her first recital in Tokyo and her invitation to perform with the Orchestre de Paris under Daniel Barenboim.
- Hélène Grimaud has performed with many of the world's major orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Berliner Staatskapelle, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayerische Rundfunk, Tonhalle Zurich, Göteborg Symphony, the Oslo, Rotterdam, Israel and St. Petersburg philharmonics and the Tokyo NHK Symphony. In North America, she has worked with the Boston, San Francisco and Toronto symphonies, the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In addition to Barenboim, she has collaborated with conductors including Abbado, Blomstedt, Bychkov, Conlon, Chung, Davis, Dutoit, Hogwood, Inbal, Järvi, Janowski, Masur, Sanderling, Sawallisch, Tate, Temirkanov and Zinman.
- Until recently, Hélène Grimaud recorded for Teldec's sister company, ERATO, who released her discs of Schumann's Piano Concerto and Richard Strauss's Burlesque with David Zinman/Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1 with Kurt Sanderling/Staatskapelle Berlin, which won Concerto of the Year at the Cannes MIDEM Festival in January 1999 and the Gershwin and Ravel piano concertos with David Zinman/Baltimore Symphony, as well as Brahms's piano pieces Opus 116 - 119.