A masterful, brilliant, poetic, miraculous, breathtaking virtuoso: these are only a handful of the many accolades the press has used to describe pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. A charismatic and versatile musician acclaimed for his sensitivity and ranges of color and texture, he is sought after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors and collaborative musicians. In both live performance and recordings, he continues to uphold his reputation as “one of the best pianists in the world.”
His ongoing relationships with world-renowned symphony orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra bring him to such destinations as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Concertgebouw on a regular basis. Last season alone, he played at Carnegie Hall three times: in solo recital, with the Boston Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony.
The upcoming season takes Mr. Thibaudet to engagements on four continents around the world. His North America performances include recitals in Washington, D.C., Chicago, West Palm Beach, Portland (OR) and Vancouver (BC), and concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the San Francisco Symphony, and the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Dallas, and Nashville, among others. Highlights of his concerts abroad include recitals in the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Spain, and performances with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields (in Frankfurt), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (in Birmingham and Cologne), Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Orchester des WDR (Cologne), Spanish National Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NDR Sinfonieorchester, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, a five-city tour of the Netherlands with the Rossetti String Quartet, and another tour, with Orchestre National de Lyon, to Turkey, Slovenia, Croatia and Austria.
An exclusive recording artist for Decca with over 30 releases, Jean-Yves Thibaudet was the soloist on the 2005 Oscar-nominated soundtrack of Universal Pictures’ Pride and Prejudice. Also new in 2005 was his recording of Strauss’ Burleske with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Among Mr. Thibaudet’s recent award-winning recordings are the box-set “Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music” and “Night Songs” with soprano Renée Fleming. Mr. Thibaudet’s diverse recorded repertoire also includes works by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Liszt, Chopin, Grieg, Messiaen, Debussy, and Ravel. His enthusiasm for jazz has also resulted in popular recordings including “Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the music of Duke Ellington” and “Conversations with Bill Evans.” His recordings over the years have garnered a Grammy nomination and many prizes including the Schallplatten Preis, the Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, Gramophone Award, two Echo awards, and the Edison Prize.
Offstage, Mr. Thibaudet has appeared in Bruce Beresford’s 2001 feature film “Bride of the Wind” and was featured on the soundtrack. He also performed two Schubert Impromptus on the
movie soundtrack of the 1997 feature film “Portrait of a Lady.” On television, he was featured in the 2000 PBS/Smithsonian special, “Piano Grand!”, hosted by Billy Joel to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the piano, and he has impacted the fashion world with concert attire designed by London fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.
Of French and German heritage, Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At age twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age fifteen he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire, and three years later won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York. In 2001, the Republic of France awarded Mr. Thibaudet the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2002, he was awarded the Premio Pegasus from the Spoleto Festival in Italy for his artistic achievements and his longstanding involvement with the festival.
Additional information about Mr. Thibaudet can be found at his record label’s website: http://www.deccaclassics.com/jeanyvesthibaudet