“Jean-Yves Thibaudet has a way of combining an often wild virtuosity with an almost relaxed grace that sets him apart from many other performers of his generation.”
Chicago Sun-Times, November 2009
Of French and German heritage, Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, where he began his piano studies at the age of five and gave his first public appearance when he was seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers were Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. He won the Conservatoire’s premier prix at 15 and three years later won the Young Concert Artists Trust auditions in New York.
Since then, Thibaudet has performed regularly throughout Europe, North America, Australia and the Far East, collaborating with virtually every major orchestra and conductors such as Alsop, Ashkenazy, Blomstedt, Chailly, Dutoit, Gergiev, Levine and Tilson Thomas. Equally at home in chamber music, recitals and the orchestral repertoire, he has appeared and recorded with artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Brigitte Fassbaender, Renée Fleming, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Angelika Kirchschlager, Yuri Bashmet, Joshua Bell, Truls Mørk and the Rossetti String Quartet.
Highlights of the year 2010 include an Australian tour performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto and the Saint-Saëns Concerto no. 5 and European tours with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg. US appearances feature a tour performing Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel as well as engagements with the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit and Nashville, and the National Symphony and Philadelphia orchestras. Thibaudet performs as a chamber music and solo recitalist in Amsterdam, Strasbourg and Valladolid as well as in Los Angeles, Seattle and Aspen.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet is an exclusive Decca artist. His latest album released in March 2010 presents Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Variations on “I Got Rhythm” and Concerto in F recorded live with the Baltimore Symphony under Marin Alsop. His large, diverse and prize-winning discography features works by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Satie, Schumann, Shostakovich and Strauss. He has also made successful forays into the world of jazz, including the album Conversations with Bill Evans and a CD of music by Duke Ellington. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar®- and Golden Globe-winning soundtrack of Atonement and on that of the Oscar®-nominated Pride and Prejudice. Among his numerous recording awards are the Echo, Deutscher Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’or, Edison, Gramophone and Choc du Monde de la musique.
In 2001, Thibaudet was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, and the following year he was awarded the Premio Pegasus for his long-standing involvement with the Spoleto Festival. In 2007, he was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime achievement award and the highest honour given by France’s Victoires de la Musique.