It’s hard to imagine this music emerging with more loving finesse and more exquisite detail. - Seattle Times - June 2016
The deft and mutually supportive interactions between Thibaudet and various orchestra members was a constant delight…Thibaudet’s zesty performance earned him an ovation. - Boston Classical Review - April 2015
[Jean-Yves Thibaudet] livre une saisissante relecture de la célébrissime Rhapsody in Blue et du plus rare Concerto en fa, aussi décapante dans ses dynamiques que voluptueuse dans ses colorations jazz et impressionnistes. - Concert Classic – Février 2016
Avec le Concerto pour piano n° 5 « L’Egyptien » de Saint-Saëns (1896), l’élégance prévaut sous les doigts virevoltants de Jean-Yves Thibaudet qui connaît la partition comme personne et sait en extraire la vocalité et le foisonnement virtuose. – Le Figaro – Septembre 2016
Over more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has built an unassailable reputation as one the world’s very finest pianists.
In 2016/17 Thibaudet is artist-in-residence with Orchestre National de France, Wiener Symphoniker and the Colburn School in Los Angeles for his third year of a residency where his passion for fostering young musical talent is invested through masterclasses and performances with students.
Other season highlights include performances with some major orchestras around the world: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Gewandhaus Leipzig, DSO Berlin, Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse, Münchner Philharmoniker. And in tour with Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, St Petersbourg Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic.
Thibaudet’s recording catalogue of more than 50 albums covers a wide repertoire (French music, Liszt, Rachmaninov, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms… or Bill Evans and Duke Ellington, winning two Grammy nominations, the Diapason d’Or, Gramophone and Echo awards and the Edison Prize. He has also made a significant impact in the worlds of film, fashion and philanthropy – featuring on the award-winning film soundtracks for Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and attired in a concert wardrobe designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood.
Thibaudet was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2010. In France he has been honoured with the Victoire d’Honneur and was made Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture in 2012.
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For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed world-wide, recorded over 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire – from Beethoven through Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, and Saint-Saëns; to Ravel, Khachaturian and Gershwin; and to contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan.
In 2016/17 Thibaudet is Artist-in-Residence with Orchestre National de France, Wiener Symphoniker and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. As part of his residency in Paris, he performs Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with Stéphane Denève and Khachaturian’s Concerto for Piano with Semyon Bychkov; he also curates a special performance with selected students for Radio France. The Vienna residency sees a chamber music programme with principals from the orchestra, performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy under Music Director Philippe Jordan, as well as concerts featuring the Grieg and Gershwin concertos – the latter televised by Austrian broadcaster ORF. At Colburn he enters the third year of a residency – the first of its kind – where his passion for education and fostering young musical talent is invested through individual lessons, masterclasses and performances with students.
Other season highlights include performances of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie with Gustavo Dudamel and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela as part of the season-opening concerts at Carnegie Hall and on tour in Europe. He tours China with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, opens the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra season under Music Director Marin Alsop and performs James MacMillan’s Concerto for Piano No.3 – a piece he premiered in 2011 – with the Brussels and Los Angeles philharmonic orchestras under Stéphane Denève.
Thibaudet’s recording catalogue of more than 50 albums has received two Grammy nominations, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize, as well as Gramophone and Echo awards. This season he releases Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop, with whom he previously recorded Gershwin (2010), which featured big jazz band orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, Variations on “I Got Rhythm” and the Concerto in F. In 2016, on the 150th anniversary of Erik Satie’s birth, Decca released a box set of Satie’s complete solo piano music performed by Thibaudet – one of the foremost interpreters and champions of the composer’s works. On his Grammy-nominated recording Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerti Nos. 2&5, released in 2007, he is joined by long-standing collaborator Charles Dutoit and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Thibaudet’s Aria–Opera Without Words, which was released the same year, features aria transcriptions, some of which are Thibaudet’s own. His other recordings include the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Conversations with Bill Evans.
Thibaudet has also had an impact on the world of philanthropy, fashion and film. This season he features Aaron Zigman’s soundtrack for Wakefield, a drama by Robin Swicord released in September 2016. He was soloist in Dario Marianelli’s award-winning scores for the films Atonement (which won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score) and Pride and Prejudice, and recorded Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for the 2012 film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He had a cameo in Bruce Beresford’s film on Alma Mahler, Bride of the Wind, and his playing is showcased throughout.
In 2004 he served as president of the prestigious charity auction Hospices de Beaune.
His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood.
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 twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study 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, the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. Among his numerous commendations is the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honour given by France’s Victoires de la musique. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.
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A frequent guest with the orchestra since his BSO debut at Tanglewood in 1992, he becomes the orchestra’s first Artist-in-Residence, joining the BSO for three concerts and the BS Chamber Players for a chamber music evening during the 2017-2018 season.