Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, 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. At age fifteen, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and, three years later, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1994.
In 2016-17 Mr. Thibaudet is Artist-in-Residence with Orchestre National de France in Paris, the Vienna Symphony, and the Colburn School in Los Angeles. In Paris, he performs Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5 with Stéphane Denève and Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto with Semyon Bychkov; he also curates a special performance for Radio France. Mr. Thibaudet’s Vienna residency sees a chamber music program with principals from the orchestra, performances of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy under Philippe Jordan, as well as concerts featuring the Grieg and Gershwin concertos. Other season highlights include performances of Messiaen's Turangalîla with Gustavo Dudamel and Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela at Carnegie Hall and on tour in Europe, a tour of China with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, and performances of James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3—a piece he premiered in 2011—with the Brussels and Los Angeles philharmonics.
Mr. Thibaudet’s recordings have received two Grammy nominations, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize, as well as Gramophone and Echo awards. This season he releases a recording of Bernstein's Age of Anxiety with the Baltimore Symphony and Marin Alsop. In 2016, on the 150th anniversary of Erik Satie's birth, Decca released a box set of Satie's complete solo piano music performed by Mr. Thibaudet.
Mr. Thibaudet is featured in Aaron Zigman’s soundtrack for Wakefield, a drama by Robin Swicord released in September 2016. He was soloist in Dario Marianelli’s scores for the films Atonement (which won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score) and Pride and Prejudice, and he recorded Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for the 2012 film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
Mr. Thibaudet received the Victoire d’Honneur, the highest honor given by France’s Victoires de la Musique. In 2010 he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.