After attending conservatories in Nantes, Boulogne-Billancourt and Lille, Yoan Héreau studied vocal conducting at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris in the class of Erika Guiomar, vocal accompaniment with Anne Le Bozec and Chamber Music with Claire Désert and Amy Flammer. After completing his studies he joined the Paris Opera Academy for three seasons as pianist and vocal conductor.
He performs regularly as a soloist, alone or with orchestra, and also in chamber music ensembles. He is also a recital partner highly appreciated by singers. Hereau has developed a close working relationship with soprano Raquel Camarinha. This has resulted in the release in early 2019 of the album “Rencontre” on the Naïve label.
His various activities have led him to work with many conductors, including Ottavio Dantone, Philippe Jordan, Marc Minkowski, Daniel Harding, Philippe Herreweghe and Matthias Pintscher in France (Opéra Bastille, Opéra Garnier, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Champs Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet) and abroad. Yoan Héreau has also taken a keen interest in conducting, directing four performances of Simon Valastro’s ballet “The Little Match Girl” at Palais Garnier in June 2017 and Ravel’s “L’Heure Espagnole” in the summer of 2018.
Contemporary music occupies a special place in the pianist’s interests. In 2013 he commissioned seven works inspired by the poetry of Paul Verlaine. He was involved in première performances of works by Francesco Filidei, Sebastian Rivas, Kaija Saariaho, Oscar Bianchi and Noël Lee. Music performed by the artist can be heard on the official CD of the French edition of La Folle Journée 2019 (Carnets de voyage).