PIERRE AUDI founded, in 1979, the Almeida Theatre in London and its Festival of Contemporary Music, which he directed until 1989.
Since 1988 he has been director of Dutch National Opera.
In addition to his responsibilities at the opera in Amsterdam, he was for ten years - till June 2014 - artistic director of the Holland Festival.
He was appointed in June 2015 Artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
As a stage director he collaborated with many visual artists notably Karel Appel, Georg Baselitz, Anish Kapoor, Herzog & de Meuron, Jannis Kounellis, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Jonathan Meese.
Many of his productions, introduced in Amsterdam, have gone on to win acclaim on other stages, including his cycle of all four Monteverdi operas. He staged the first Netherlands production of Wagner’s Ring cycle, as well as many other opera's from across the whole repertoire including many by Mozart, Glück, Berlioz, Rameau, Rossini, Schönberg, Händel, Messiaen, Wagner and Puccini.
He has established a large repertoire of contemporary music theater works and world premieres of works by Theo Loevendie, Guus Janssen, Jonathan Harvey, Hans Werner Henze, Tan Dun, Param Vir, Kaija Saariaho, Alexander Knaifel, Pascal Dusapin, Louis Andriessen and Wolfgang Rihm.
As guest director, he has worked for, among others, the Bavarian State Opera, Sweden’s Drottningholm Court Theatre, Salzburg Festival, Paris Opera, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Theater an der Wien, La Monnaie in Brussels, Teatro Dell’Opera Di Roma, Metropolitan Opera New York, Vienna State Opera, Ruhrtriennale and Los Angeles Opera.
Recent productions include the world premiere staging of Schoenberg’s Gurre-Lieder, Bach’s St. John’s Passion in Brussels and a new Tristan und Isolde at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris.
In October 2016, his production of Rossini’s Guillaume Tell will be shown at the MET.
His numerous awards include the Leslie Boosey Award for his contribution to British Musical Life, Medal of Honour, Drottninholm Sweden, the Prize of Holland’s Theater Critics, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Theater Prize and the Amsterdam Cultural Business Award. He became in 2009 the first recipient of the Johannes Vermeer Award, a new State prize for the arts in The Netherlands. He was knighted in the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2000 and was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur a few years later. For his work for Holland Festival Pierre received the Silver Medal of the City of Amsterdam. He is appointed Honorary Fellow Music Theatre at University of Amsterdam 2014–2016.