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.
This season, audiences hear Mr. Thibaudet play James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which he premiered in 2011, with the Saint Louis Symphony and New York Philharmonic, and Liszt with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Naples Philharmonic. After playing a duo recital with Gautier Capuçon in his native France at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence, Mr. Thibaudet returns to the United States to play Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major with the Atlanta and Boston symphonies, Poulenc and Fauré with the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, Ravel's Piano Concerto for the Left Hand with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major and Messiaen's Turangalîla with the Chicago Symphony. In January, he appeared in the San Francisco Symphony’s celebration of Michael Tilson Thomas’s 70th birthday. This season Jean-Yves Thibaudet also becomes the first-ever resident artist at the Colburn School of Los Angeles. In Europe he performs with the Frankfurt Museum Orchestra, the Dresden Philharmonic, and the Munich Philharmonic, before ending the season with Beethoven's Choral Fantasy with the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Paris.
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.