Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Piano

“Sophistication and suavity, both clarity and freedom” (The New York Times)

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Biography

Artist-in-Residence: Colburn School

 

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.

Artist-in-Residence: Colburn School

 

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.

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. He was the soloist on the award-winning and critically acclaimed films Atonement, Pride and Prejudice and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. He wears a concert wardrobe designed by Vivienne Westwood. 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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Lydia Connolly +44 (0)20 3725 9118
Christopher Dingstad +49 (0)89 6797 10431
Charlie-Rose Terry +49 (0)89 6797 10446

Reviews

“The piano score was rendered with flair by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who brought an energetic touch to the rollicking sections and a poetic limpidity to the moments of gossamer filigree.” (The New York Times, August 2015)

“A complete triumph” (The Boston Globe, August 2015)

“He’s a master colorist and a great communicator, able to reduce a large concert hall to an intimate chamber of intent listeners.” (The Seattle Times, September 2015)

“The performance was so exuberant and inspired it was impossible not to be swept up in the work” (The New York Times, February 2015)

“The piano score was rendered with flair by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who brought an energetic touch to the rollicking sections and a poetic limpidity to the moments of gossamer filigree.” (The New York Times, August 2015)

“A complete triumph” (The Boston Globe, August 2015)

“He’s a master colorist and a great communicator, able to reduce a large concert hall to an intimate chamber of intent listeners.” (The Seattle Times, September 2015)

“The performance was so exuberant and inspired it was impossible not to be swept up in the work.” (The New York Times, February 2015)

“Thibaudet’s whispered phrases had the vast audience eating out of his hand. For a short time, a near-total silence descended like a benediction, all too rare in an age of constant distractions.” (The Washington Post, July 2014)

“His touch was miraculously light in the jazzy moments, and he trailed the decorative line over the return of that heavenly melody with beautiful delicacy, like a string of pearls.” (The Telegraph, September 2013)