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.
Mr. Thibaudet’s 2013-14 season highlights include performances in Asia and Australia and European engagements with the NDR Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon, the Spanish National Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Orchestre de Paris, the Bremen Philharmonic, and a spring tour with the WDR Symphony Cologne. He gives duo recitals with mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager in Spain and at London’s Wigmore Hall and presents two all-Debussy recitals in his native France. With the Bahia Orchestra, Mr. Thibaudet makes a seven-city tour in the US. He also performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and plays James MacMillan’s Third Piano Concerto—which he premiered in 2011—with the Detroit and Toronto symphonies.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet has recorded more than fifty albums. His recordings have won the Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d'Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two Echo awards, and the Edison Prize. Mr. Thibaudet was the soloist on the award-winning soundtracks to the films Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
In 2001, the Republic of France awarded Jean-Yves Thibaudet the Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2002, he was awarded the Premio Pegasus from the Spoleto Festival in Italy. In 2007, he was awarded the Victoire d'Honneur by France's Victoires de la Musique and in 2010 he was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1994.