One of the most sought-after and successful soloists of our time, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has a rare ability to combine poetics and sensuality, subtlety and color, a special approach to each piece performed and brilliant technique in his art. “Each of his notes is a pearl … The joy, brilliance and artistry of his performance cannot be overlooked”exclaims The New York Times reviewer.
Musicality, depth of interpretation and innate charisma provided Thibode with worldwide recognition. His career spans 30 years and he performs all over the world, with the best orchestras and conductors. The pianist was born in 1961 in Lyon, France, where at the age of 5 he began to play the piano, and at the age of 7 he played for the first time at a public concert. At the age of 12, he entered the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Decave, who was friends and collaborated with M. Ravel. At the age of 15, he won first prize at the Paris Conservatory competition, and three years later – the competition of young concert musicians in New York and received second prize at the Cleveland Piano Competition.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet recorded about 50 albums on Decca, which were awarded Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d’Or, Chocdu Mondedela Musique, Gramophone, Echo (twice) and Edison. In the spring of 2010, Thibodet released an album of Gershwin’s music, including a Blues Rhapsody, variations on I Got Rhythm, and a Concerto in F major with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, arranged for a jazz orchestra. On the 2007 Grammy-nominated CD, Thibodet performs two Saint-Saens Concertos (Nos. 2 and 5) accompanied by the Orchester Française de Switzerland under Charles Duthoit. Another release in 2007 – Aria – Opera Without Words (“Opera without words”) – includes transcriptions of opera arias by Saint-Saens, R. Strauss, Gluck, Korngold, Bellini, I. Strauss-son, P. Grainger and Puccini. Some of the transcriptions belong to Thibode himself. The pianist’s other recordings include the complete piano works of E. Satie and two jazz albums: Reflectionson Duke and Conversations With Bill Evans, tributes to two great jazzmen of the XNUMXth century, D. Ellington and B. Evans.
Known for his elegance both on and off the stage, Jean-Yves Thibaudet is closely associated with the world of fashion and cinema, and is involved in charity work. His concert wardrobe was created by renowned London designer Vivienne Westwood. In November 2004, the pianist became president of the Hospicesde Beaune (Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune) foundation, which has existed since 1443 and holds an annual charity auction in Burgundy. He appeared as himself in Bruce Beresford’s Alma Mahler feature film Bride of the Wind, and his performance is featured on the film’s soundtrack. The pianist also performed solo on the soundtrack of the film Atonement, directed by Joe Wright, which won an Oscar for Best Music and two Golden Globes, and in the film Pride and Prejudice, also nominated for an Oscar. “. In 2000, Thibodet participated in a special Piano Grand! project organized by Billy Joel to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the invention of the piano.
In 2001, the pianist was awarded the honorary title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic, and in 2002 he was awarded the Pegasus Prize at the festival in Spoleto (Italy) for artistic achievements and long-term cooperation with this festival.
In 2007, the musician was awarded the annual French Victoiresdela Musique award in its highest nomination, Victoired’ Honneur (“Honorable Victory”).
On June 18, 2010, Thibodet was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame for outstanding musical achievement. In 2012 he was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.
In the 2014/2015 season Jean-Yves Thibaudet presents a wide variety of programs in solo, chamber and orchestra performances. The repertoire of the season includes both widely known and unfamiliar compositions, incl. contemporary composers. In the summer of 2014, the pianist toured with Maris Jansons and the Concertgebouw Orchestra (concerts in Amsterdam, at festivals in Edinburgh, Lucerne and Ljubljana). He then performed works by Gershwin and the piano concerto “Er Huang” by Chinese composer Chen Qigang, accompanied by the Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Long Yu, at the opening concert of the Philharmonic season in Beijing, and repeated this program in Paris with the Orchester de Paris. Thibodet repeatedly plays Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto (with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nezet-Séguin, the German Symphony Orchestra of Berlin conducted by Tugan Sokhiev on a tour of the cities of Germany and Austria, the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Bertrand de Billy). This season Thibodet has performed with such ensembles as the Stuttgart and Berlin Radio symphony orchestras, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Cologne Gürzenich Orchestra.
Especially often this season the pianist can be heard in the USA, with leading orchestras: St. Louis and New York (conducted by Stefan Deneuve), Atlanta and Boston (conducted by Bernard Haitink), San Francisco (conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas), Naples (Andrey Boreiko), Los Angeles (Gustavo Dudamel), Chicago (Esa-Pekka Salonen), Cleveland.
In Europe, Thibodet will perform with the National Orchestra of the Capitole of Toulouse (conductor Tugan Sokhiev), the Orchestra of the Frankfurt Opera and the Museummorchestra (conductor Mario Venzago), the Munich Philharmonic (Semyon Bychkov), will take part in the performance of Beethoven’s Fantasia for piano, choir and orchestra with the Paris Opera Orchestra under managed by Philippe Jordan.
The pianist’s immediate plans also include concerts in Valencia and other European cities, at festivals in Aix-en-Provence (France), Gstaad (Switzerland), Ludwigsburg (Germany). At the invitation of Vadim Repin, Thibodet takes part in the Second Trans-Siberian Art Festival, where he gives two concerts: with the Novosibirsk Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gintaras Rinkevičius (March 31 in Novosibirsk) and with Vadim Repin and the Moscow Symphony Orchestra “Russian Philharmonic” conducted by Dmitry Yurovsky ( April 3 in Moscow).
Jean-Yves Thibaudet continues his work in educating a new generation of performers: in 2015 and for the next two years he is an artist-in-residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, one of the leading music schools in the United States.