Performance Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | 8 PM

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A standout French pianist divides his program between music of France and Germany, including a big, impetuous, and wonderfully youthful Brahms sonata, and the fiendishly difficult Miroirs by Ravel. Thibaudet “commands his instrument,” says the Wall Street Journal, “exploding huge cascades of notes” with “focus and intelligence.”


  • Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano


  • RAVEL Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • RAVEL Miroirs
  • BRAHMS Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 5

  • Encore:
  • BRAHMS Intermezzo in A Major, Op. 118, No. 2

  • Program is approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes, including one intermission



    Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet continues to enthrall audiences worldwide with his profound and poetic artistry, enlightened interpretations, and thrilling performances. He is sought after by the foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors, and collaborative musicians for his virtuosity and charisma.

    Following summer 2009-including performances at major US and European festivals with orchestras such as Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles, and Cleveland, as well as the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra-Mr. Thibaudet's 2009-2010 season is highlighted by an Australian tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as European and North American tours with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra (including a performance at Avery Fisher Hall), Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Additional appearances abroad are with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Berner Symphonie-Orchester, Museumorchester Frankfurt, and the DR SymfoniOrkestret, among many others.

    In the US, Mr. Thibaudet performs with the Los Angeles Philharmonic; National Symphony Orchestra; and the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Baltimore, among others. He also gives recitals in Ann Arbor and Seattle. In May 2010, Mr. Thibaudet embarks on a US tour with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and new Music Director Gustavo Dudamel, bringing Bernstein's Age of Anxiety to San Francisco; Nashville; Washington, DC; New York City; and Newark (NJ).

    Mr. Thibaudet is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, which has released over 40 of his albums; they have earned the Schallplattenpreis, Diapason d'Or, Choc de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two Echo awards, and the Edison Prize. On his Grammy-nominated recording of the Saint-Saëns Piano Concertos No. 2 and No. 5, released in fall 2007, Mr. Thibaudet is joined by longstanding collaborator, conductor Charles Dutoit, and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Also released in 2007, Mr. Thibaudet's album Aria: Opera Without Words features various transcriptions-some of them his own-of opera arias by Saint-Saëns, R. Strauss, Gluck, and others.

    Mr. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar and Golden Globe award-winning soundtrack of Universal Pictures's Atonement and the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice. His other recordings include Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music, and the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Conversations with Bill Evans, his tributes to the jazz greats.

    Born in Lyon, France, Jean-Yves Thibaudet entered the Conservatoire de Parisat age 12 to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At 15, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and three years later, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. His awards include the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Premio Pegasus from the Spoleto Festival (Italy), and the Victoire d'Honneur.
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