Jean-Yves Thibaudet


For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded over fifty albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. At twelve, he entered the Paris Conservatory; at age fifteen, he received the Premier Prix du Conservatoire; and at age eighteen, he won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City.

Thibaudet is the 2016-2017 artist-in residence with the Orchestre National de France and Wiener Symphoniker, as well as at the Colburn School. Other season highlights include performances with Gustavo Dudamel and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela; a tour of China with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra; and the season-opener for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under Marin Alsop.

Thibaudet’s recording catalogue has received the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, and Edison Prize, as well as Gramophone awards, Echo awards, and two Grammy nominations. This season he releases Bernstein’s Age of Anxiety with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Marin Alsop,

Thibaudet has also had an impact on the world of fashion, film, and philanthropy. Most recently, he was featured on Aaron Zigman’s soundtrack for Wakefield, a drama by Robin Swicord. He was a soloist for Dario Marianelli’s award-winning scores for the films Atonement and Pride and Prejudice, and he recorded Alexandre Desplat’s soundtrack for the 2012 film Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. In 2004, he served as president of the prestigious charity auction Hospices de Beaune. His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood. 

Among Thibaudet’s numerous accolades are the Victoire d’Honneur and an induction into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.