She is known for her passion for wolves, which she studies and raises. She now divides her time between her musical career and the Wolf Conservation Centre, which she co-founded with her then-companion, the photographer J. Henry Fair. She also experiences synesthesia, where one physical sense adds input to another, for example tasting words, or in her case, seeing music as colour.
Her discussion of synesthesia was particularly interesting. It didn't even seem to be a difficulty; she is accustomed to experiencing colours with music and explains that people with synesthesia experience it in many different ways: colours associated with numbers or letters, for example.
Her many recordings feature Beethoven, Bartók, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, Mozart and Schumann (and other composers).
Her site has a discography (http://www.helenegrimaud.com/artistmicrosite/GRIHE/releases_discography.htms), but it's all in a frame, so rather a pain to search.
Interview with Hélène Grimaud on "Resonances"
Hélène Grimaud - Resonances video
Resonances - A new solo recital programme by Hélène Grimaud.
In her new album Grimaud brings all her artistic maturity and a perfect balance between intellect and emotion to bear on highly dramatic pieces by Mozart, Liszt, Berg and Bartók.
Artist Portrait: Hélène Grimaud CD
is on sale at CD Universe for $10.99,