Jean-Yves Thibaudet

French pianist (Lyon, 1961- )

Exceptionally precocious pianist, Jean-Yves Thibaudet first built his notoriety abroad before being recognized in France. He is one of the most sought-after pianists of his generation.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs for the first time in public at the age of 7, after only 2 years of instrumental practice. In 1973, he is admitted to the Paris Conservatory in the class of Aldo Ciccolini, then Lucette Descaves. He wins his First Prize in 1976 at the age of 15! In 1979, he is awarded the New York’s Young Concert Artists Auditions and receives a second prize in the Cleveland International Piano Competition. He is heir, by his parents, to both a French and German culture. He starts a prestigious international career and is invited by the great festivals: Salzburg, the Ruhr Piano Festival, the London Proms, Tanglewood, Verbier, the Romantic Festivals of Nohant. He plays with the greatest international ensembles: the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Paris Orchestra.

Being under contract with the label Decca, Jean-Yves Thibaudet becomes an ambassador for French music abroad with his recordings of Ravel, Debussy and Satie. His virtuosity impressed the great Vladimir Horowitz. Parallel to his soloist career, he is a sought-after partner in chamber music and has already accompanied such great voices as Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, Angelika Kirchschlager, or soloists as Yuri Bashmet, Julia Fischer, Truls Mørk, or Gautier Capuçon.

Six landmark dates in the life of Jean-Yves Thibaudet:

1976: First place at the Paris Conservatory

1992: Released his recording of Ravel's works

2001: Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters

2002: Premio Pegasus Award at the Spoleto Festival

2007: Victoire d' Honneur at the Victoires de la Musique

2012: Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters