At the age of 21 (1991), she moved to Florida to be near a boyfriend and a chance encounter with a wolf led her to open The Wolf Conservation Centre in Upper New York State. She says that “to be involved in direct conservation and being able to put animals back where they belong, there’s just nothing more fulfilling.”
Since then she has performed in countless concerts, both as a soloist and as a recitalist at prestigious events and festivals worldwide. She is also a member of the organisation Musicians for Human Rights, which is a worldwide network of musicians and people who work in the field of music to promote a culture of human rights and social change.
In addition to her musical performances, Grimaud has written and published 3 books, the later 2 books, Leçons Particulières (2005) and Retour à Salem (2013), being semi-autobiographical.
In 2015 her prodigious contribution to the world of classical music was recognised by the French government and she was admitted into the Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur (France’s highest decoration) at the rank of Chevalier (Knight).