Michèle Laird became a journalist after a career in the arts that took her to Paris, New York and London, and introduced her to artists such as Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle, Patrice Chéreau and Claudio Abbado.
Michèle was drawn into the world of arts immediately on graduating. She began a career in the visual arts, theatre and music, first with Robert Delpire, a renowned publisher of photography books, and with influential gallerist Alexandre Iolas. She then moved to the Association Française d’Action Artistique at the French ministry of foreign affairs, where she developed and coordinated theatre tours all over the world. In 1983 she moved to New York where one of her roles was to prepare Théâtre du Soleil’s participation in the Los Angeles Olympic Games. She was then hired by Claudio Abbado and the London Symphony Orchestra to organise a Mahler festival in London.
On her arrival in Switzerland, Michèle became actively involved with non-profit work and has presided five non-profit organisations. Twenty years on, she has returned to journalism, in which she initially trained, with a marked interest in the arts. Since 2008 she has sought to convey in words the emotions artists awaken in their work.