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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

  • Pianist


Jean-Yves Thibaudet: Following summer performances at the Festival del Sole, Aspen, Saratoga, and Tanglewood festivals, Mr. Thibaudet begins his 2010-11 season in Switzerland with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Mr. Thibaudet's touring highlights this season include a tour of China with the London Symphony Orchestra (September 2010), as well as a German tour with the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin (March 2011). Performances abroad include appearances with the Stockholm Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre National de France, Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, MDR Symphony Orchestra, RAI National Symphony Orchestra and Orchestre de Paris. This season Mr. Thibaudet also appears in the U.S. with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New World Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Minnesota and Seattle. A vivid recitalist, Mr. Thibaudet embarks on a two-continent recital tour in January and February 2011, with performances in Berlin, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Spain, California, Missouri, Colorado, Michigan, Florida, and New York's Carnegie Hall on February 2. Chamber music dates in Los Angeles, France and Belgium round out his eclectic schedule.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, which has released over 40 of his albums, earning the Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d'Or, Choc de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two Echo awards, and the Edison Prize. In Spring 2010, Mr. Thibaudet released his latest CD, Gershwin, featuring "big jazz band" orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, Variations on 'I Got Rhythm', and Concerto in F live with the Baltimore Symphony and music director Marin Alsop. On his Grammy-nominated recording, Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerti Nos. 2&5, released in fall 2007, Mr. Thibaudet is joined by long-standing collaborator, conductor Charles Dutoit, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Also released in 2007, Thibaudet's album Aria—Opera Without Words features transcriptions of opera arias by Saint-Saëns, R. Strauss, Gluck, Korngold, Bellini, J. Strauss II, P. Grainger, and Puccini; some of the transcriptions are by Mikhashoff, Sgambati and Brassin, others—Thibaudet's own. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar and Golden Globe-award winning soundtrack of Universal Pictures' Atonement and the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice. Among other recordings are Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music, and the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the music of Duke Ellington and Conversations with Bill Evans, his tribute to two of jazz history's greats.

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, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. In 2001, the Republic of France awarded Thibaudet the prestigious Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2002, he was awarded the Premio Pegasus from the Spoleto Festival in Italy for his artistic achievements and his long-standing involvement with the festival. In 2007, he was awarded the Victoire d'Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honor given by France's Victoires de la Musique.