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Jean-Yves Thibaudet


About this Artist

Through elegant musicality and an insightful approach to both contemporary and established repertoire, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest pianists. He is especially known for his diverse interests beyond the classical world; in addition to his many forays into jazz and opera — including works that he transcribed himself for the piano—Thibaudet has forged profound friendships around the globe, leading to fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. A recording powerhouse, Thibaudet appears on more than 70 albums and six film scores. He is a devoted educator and is the first-ever Artist-in-Residence at the Colburn School, which awards several scholarships in his name.

Thibaudet began the season with a tour of Europe with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing two of his signature works: Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 5. He went on to play the Gershwin concerto in season-opening engagements with the Toronto and Baltimore symphony orchestras, as well as concerts with the Nashville and Indianapolis symphony orchestras; further performances of the Saint-Saëns concerto included dates with the North Carolina Symphony and the Pittsburgh and Chicago symphony orchestras.

Thibaudet joined Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in November, recorded for release on Decca. He then performed Ravel’s Concerto in G major with the Houston Symphony, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Bern Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and San Diego Symphony. A renowned interpreter of Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie, Thibaudet performed the piece with Montreal Symphony Orchestra in December. He joined Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Orchestre de Paris in Debussy’s Fantaisie; he and Salonen reunited, with the San Francisco Symphony, for a synesthetic performance of Scriabin’s Prometheus: Poem of Fire—a piece he also performed with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.