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Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who was born in 1961 and is a native of Lyon, began studying piano at the age of five and gave his first public performance at the age of seven. In 1974 he was accepted into the Paris Conservatoire, where his teachers included Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, who had herself collaborated with Maurice Ravel. It was here that he laid the foundations for his acclaimed performances of French music. Thibaudet’s international career was launched when he won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York in 1981 and shortly after stepped in for Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli to perform a concert. Since then he has partnered with the leading orchestras in the Old and New Worlds alike. Thibaudet began 2016 with a residency with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam. He also performed Gershwin’s Concerto in F with the London Philharmonic, Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto with the Cleveland Orchestra, and Ravel’s G major Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic. His credits in the summer season have included appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and with the Orchestre National de France at the Champs de Mars in Paris. On Thibaudet’s schedule this fall are a tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and performances of Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto in Toulouse and Paris. Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s discography encompasses some 50 recordings of repertoire spanning from the Romantics to Duke Ellington and film music and has garnered such awards as the Diapason d’Or, the Echo Klassik, the Gramophone Award, and the Edison Prize. In 2012 Jean-Yves Thibaudet was named an Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; he received the Victoire d’Honneur in 2007 for his lifetime achievement.
LUERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on 30 August 1995 playing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly.