Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Artist-in-Residence with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Artist-in-Residence with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra


Thibaudet played the jazzy, mercurial G Major Piano Concerto of Ravel…proving again the brilliance of his technique and his stylistic mastery of this repertoire. The piano, technically a percussion instrument, has seldom sounded less percussive. It’s hard to imagine this music emerging with more loving finesse and more exquisite detail.”

(The Seattle Times)

But there was a firecracker in the middle of the evening: Franz Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto. Forsaking virtuosity for its own sake, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet … laid out an Olympian conception of a work that is a study in contrasts and contradictions… in a performance at once impassioned and restrained.”

(San Diego Tribune)

Having Jean-Yves Thibaudet as solo protagonist in Ravel’s Concerto for the Left Hand proved luxury casting indeed. Few keyboard artists embody Ravel’s blend of supple elegance and unbridled bravura so naturally and effortlessly. The French pianist’s limpid refinement in the lyrical sections was as neat and idiomatic as his explosive bursts were exciting. Thibaudet’s five-fingered virtuosity handled the leaping notes with such ease and fluency, one would swear that two hands were playing.”

(Chicago Classical Review)