Conductor, composer, and educator Michael Tilson Thomas made his Carnegie Hall debut nearly 50 years ago, leading the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 1969, and celebrates more than 100 performances at Carnegie Hall with his upcoming Perspectives series during the 2018–2019 season. He is music director of the San Francisco Symphony; co-founder and artistic director of the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy; and conductor laureate of the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition to conducting the world’s leading orchestras, Mr. Tilson Thomas is also noted for his work as a composer and a producer of multimedia projects that are dedicated to music education and reimagining the concert experience. His compositions have been performed around the world, many premiering at Carnegie Hall during his first Perspectives series (2003 2005). He was also artistic director of Carnegie Hall’s 2011–2012 American Mavericks series in which he conducted the San Francisco Symphony in music by groundbreaking American composers. He has won 11 Grammy Awards for his recordings, is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and is a Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France.
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. He plays a range of solo, chamber, and orchestral repertoire by composers who range from Beethoven through Liszt, Grieg, Saint-Saëns, Khachaturian, and Gershwin, as well as contemporary composers Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. From the start of his career, Mr. Thibaudet has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, including jazz and opera, which he transcribes himself to play on the piano. His profound professional friendships span the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. The 2017–2018 season takes Mr. Thibaudet to 14 countries and includes concerts in Asia with the Singapore, NHK, and Guangzhou symphony orchestras, as well as the Malaysian, Hong Kong, and China philharmonic orchestras. Mr. Thibaudet’s recording catalogue of more than 50 albums has received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Edison Award, as well as two Grammy Award nominations and Gramophone and Echo awards. Mr. Thibaudet was awarded the title of Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.