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Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Jean-Yves Thibaudet

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 – from Beethoven through Liszt, Grieg, and Saint-Saëns, to Khachaturian and Gershwin, and to Olivier Messiaen, Chen Qigang, James MacMillan, Richard Dubugnon and Aaron Zigman. 


From the very start of his career, he has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera, including works which he has transcribed himself for the piano. His profound professional friendships crisscross the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion and visual art.


In the 2022/23 Season, Thibaudet continues his multi-season focus on Debussy’s Préludes. Having played the complete Préludes in solo recitals in Seattle, at Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw, and in Bilbao, Luxembourg, Metz and San Francisco, he will perform it in Chapel Hill, at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, and in Kansas City, Orange County, Zurich and Leipzig.


Thibaudet also performs several recitals and small-ensemble concerts with close friends and new collaborators in the 2022/23 Season. After a recital with Renée Fleming at Los Angeles’s Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of the Colburn Celebrity Series, Thibaudet will join violinist Midori for a tour of Beethoven’s complete Violin Sonatas, with dates at Dartmouth College, in Chicago and at Tokyo’s Suntory Hall; the duo will release a recording of the sonatas on Warner Classics later in the 2022/23 Season.