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Biography

Piano

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. Now, for more than three decades, he has performed worldwide, recorded more than fifty albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire and has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera, including works which he has transcribed himself for the piano. His professional friendships crisscross the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 1994.

This season, Mr. Thibaudet begins a two-season focus on Debussy’s Préludes, which he will play in recitals around the world. He also plans two further recital tours this season: joining cellist Gautier Capuçon and violinist Lisa Batiashvili for a tour across Europe, and rejoining Capuçon for a series of duo recitals throughout the US and Colombia in the spring. Mr. Thibaudet also appears this season with the Detroit Symphony, the Dresden Philharmonic (where he is Artist-in-Residence), the National Symphony, and Philadelphia Orchestra, among others.

Mr. Thibaudet records exclusively for Decca, and his extensive catalogue has received two Grammy nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize, and Gramophone awards. In 2021 he released the album Carte Blanche and was also featured on the soundtrack of Wes Anderson’s film The French Dispatch.

Mr. Thibaudet is the first-ever Artist-in-Residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. His concert wardrobe is designed by Vivienne Westwood.