Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at seven. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves. He won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire at age fifteen and, three years later, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1994.
Mr. Thibaudet plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertory from Beethoven, Liszt, Grieg, Saint-Saëns to Khachaturian and Gershwin, as well as contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. He has delighted in music beyond the standard repertory, from jazz to opera, which he transcribed himself to play on the piano. His friendships crisscross the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.
This season takes Mr. Thibaudet to fourteen countries, including concerts in Asia with the Singapore, NHK, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras and the Malaysian, Hong Kong, and China philharmonics. As artist-in-residence at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he plays the Bach Triple Concerto with Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, chamber music with symphony musicians, and Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety both in Boston and at Carnegie Hall. Mr. Thibaudet also performs with the orchestras of Atlanta, Washington DC, and Houston, China Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra at home and on tour in Germany, Austria, and Israel, throughout the Bernstein at 100 celebrations this season.
In 2017-18 the Colburn School extends Thibaudet’s artist-in-residency an additional three years and has announced the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships to provide aid for music academy students, whom Thibaudet will select for the merit-based awards, regardless of their instrument.
Thibaudet’s recording catalogue of more than fifty albums has received two Grammy nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize, as well as Gramophone and ECHO Klassik awards. He was the soloist on the Oscar-winning film Atonement, as well as Pride and Prejudice, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and Wakefield. His concert wardrobe is designed by Vivienne Westwood. In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Mr. Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.