Grieg’s Piano Concerto Featuring Thibaudet

The New York Philharmonic

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Grieg's Piano Concerto Featuring Thibaudet


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


Feb, 2019

Thursday, 7:30 PM


Mar, 2019

Friday, 8:00 PM


Mar, 2019

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Philharmonic perform Grieg’s youthful concerto, inspired by Norwegian dances and folk songs. When you hear Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony you’ll agree what he said of himself: “Melodies simply pour out of me” — from lyrical flights and passages echoing the sounds of his Bohemian homeland to trumpet fanfares and exuberant brass calls.

Program To Include


Peer Gynt Suite No. 1



Piano Concerto



Symphony No. 8


Herbert Blomstedt


Herbert Blomstedt


Herbert Blomstedt


Noble, charming, sober, modest. Such qualities may play a major role in human coexistence and are certainly appreciated. However, they are rather untypical for extraordinary personalities such as conductors. Whatever the general public’s notion of a conductor may be, Herbert Blomstedt is an exception, precisely because he possesses those very qualities that seemingly have so little to do with a conductor’s claim to power. The fact that he disproves the usual clichés in many respects should certainly not lead to the assumption that this artist does not have the power to assert his clearly defined musical goals. Anyone who has once attended Herbert Blomstedt’s rehearsals and experienced the concentration on the essence of the music, the precision in the phrasing of musical facts and circumstances as they appear from the score, the tenacity regarding the implementation of an aesthetic view, will probably have been amazed at how few despotic measures were required to this end. Basically, Herbert Blomstedt has always represented that type of artist whose professional competence and natural authority make all external emphasis superfluous. His work as a conductor is inseparably linked to his religious and human ethos; accordingly, his interpretations combine great faithfulness to the score and analytical precision with a soulfulness that awakens the music to pulsating life. In the more than 60 years of his career, he has acquired the unrestricted respect of the musical world. Over the years, many outstanding ensembles around the globe have been able to secure the services of this highly respected Swedish conductor, born in the United States and educated in Uppsala, New York, Darmstadt, and Basel. At the age of 90, Herbert Blomstedt continues to be at the helm of all leading international orchestras with enormous mental and physical presence, verve, and artistic drive.

Learn more about Herbert Blomstedt

Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Jean-Yves Thibaudet


Jean Yves Thibaudet by Decca Kasskara


For more than three decades Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide and recorded more than 50 albums. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire, from Beethoven to contemporary composers, as well as jazz and opera, which he transcribes himself for the piano. His professional friendships across the globe have led to collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art.

This season takes Mr. Thibaudet to 14 countries, including concerts in Asia with the Singapore, NHK, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras and the Malaysian, Hong Kong, and China philharmonic orchestras. As artist-in-residence at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he plays J.S. Bach’s Concerto for Three Pianos with Thomas Adès and Kirill Gerstein, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, chamber music with symphony musicians, and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, The Age of Anxiety, in Boston and at Carnegie Hall. He also performs The Age of Anxiety throughout Bernstein’s centennial season with the China Philharmonic; Atlanta, National, San Francisco, and Houston symphony orchestras; and The Philadelphia Orchestra, both at home and on tour in Germany, Austria, and Israel.

In addition to extending his artist residency, the Colburn School has announced the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships, providing merit-based aid for students selected by Mr. Thibaudet, regardless of instrument.

Mr. Thibaudet’s recording catalogue has received two Grammy nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Edison Prize, and Gramophone and Echo Awards. He was the soloist on the sound track to 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 inducted him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, he was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.

Learn more about Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Special Thanks

The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Virtuoso Piano Performance Series has provided major support for Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s appearances during the New York Philharmonic’s 2018–19 season.

Herbert Blomstedt’s appearance is made possible through the Charles A. Dana Distinguished Conductors Endowment Fund.


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