Ivaldi was born in Paris. He studied at the Paris Conservatory with Jacques Février and took a Premier Prix in piano performance, as well as in chamber music, counterpoint, and accompaniment. He first appeared as a soloist at Radio France in 1961. He has premiered pieces by Gilbert Amy, Georges Aperghis, André Boucourechliev, Maurice Ohana, and Luis de Pablo among others. He is considered "a remarkable musician".
- "Krivine and Ivaldi: An Extraordinary Duo". The New York Times. 11 December 1977. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- Timbrell, Charles (1999). French pianism: a historical perspective. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-1-57467-045-5. Retrieved 28 February 2011.
- Piano ma non solo, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Anagramme Ed., 2012, p. 185