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thibaudet.jpgSought after by orchestras, conductors, festivals and fellow musicians alike for his versatility and artistic sensitivity, and equally prolific in the performance and recording arenas, Jean-Yves Thibaudet continues to be hailed by the press as «one of the best pianists in the world».
Highlights of Mr. Thibaudet’s 2007/08 season include three performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Takács Quartet. Additional orchestral appearances include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, the Nhk and Singapore Symphony Orchestras, Oslo Philharmonic, Radio Philharmonic Holland, Tonhalle Orchester Zürich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra and the Valencia Orchestra.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, which has released over 30 of his albums, earning the “Schallplattenpreis”, the “Diapason d’Or”, “Choc de la Musique”, a “Gramophone Award”, two “Echo awards”, and the “Edison Prize”. His latest recording, Saint-Saëns, Piano Concerti Nos. 2&5, with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, released in early fall 2007, follows the album, Aria—Opera Without Words, which was released in February 2007, inspired by the artist’s love and admiration for the human voice. The disc features transcriptions of opera arias by Saint-Saëns, Richard Strauss, Gluck, Korngold, Bellini, Johann Strauss II and Puccini.
Thibaudet was the soloist on the 2005 Oscar-nominated soundtrack of Universal Pictures’ Pride and Prejudice, and in 2005 released his recording of Strauss’s Burleske with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Among other recordings are Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music, and the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays the music of Duke Ellington and Conversations with Bill Evans, his tribute to two of jazz history’s greats.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age fifteen, he won the Premier Prix de Conservatoire and three years later, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. In 2001, the Republic of France awarded Thibaudet the prestigious “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” and in 2002, he was awarded the “Premio Pegasus” from the Spoleto Festival in Italy, for his artistic achievements and his longstanding involvement with the festival. His most recent accolade is the 2007 “Victoire d’Honneur”, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honour given by France’s “Victoire de la Musique”.