For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. Beyond the standard repertoire, he performs jazz and opera, and he has engaged film, fashion, and visual art collaborations.
The first-ever artist-in-residence at Los Angeles’s Colburn School, they have announced the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships to provide aid for Music Academy students, whom Mr. Thibaudet will select for the merit-based awards, regardless of their instrument.
In 2019–20, as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s artist-in-residence, he plays season-opening concerts conducted by Stéphane Denève. He tours a program of Schumann, Fauré, Debussy, and Enescu with Midori, and the complete Beethoven sonatas for piano and violin. He premieres Aaron Zigman’s Tango Manos with the China Philharmonic, and reprises it with the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and San Francisco Symphony. Other highlights include Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie in his hometown as artist-in-residence of the Orchestre national de Lyon, and Gershwin’s Concerto in F in Lyon, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, New York, Naples, Tokyo, and the Bad Kissinger Sommer Festival, where he is also artist-in-residence.
Mr. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar-winning film Atonement, as well as Pride and Prejudice, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and Wakefield. He has received two Grammy nominations, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Edison Prize, and Gramophone awards. Other honors include induction into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame (2010) and, previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, being awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture (2012). His concert wardrobe is designed by Vivienne Westwood.
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