Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Jean -Yves Thibaudet ( born September 7, 1961 in Lyon, France ) is a French pianist.


Thibaudet is the son of a Frenchman and a German mother. He began playing piano and violin at the age of five years. He had his first public appearance with seven and his first concert at age nine. At age 12 he joined the Paris Conservatory and studied with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves. Three years later he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire. This was followed by other awards as the 2nd prize at the Viotti Competition in Vercelli (1978 ) and the second prize at the Casadesus Competition in Cleveland (1979). 1980/81 he finally won then the first prize at competitions in Tokyo and New York.

Since then he has worked with well known orchestras (Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National de France, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra ) and conductors ( Lorin Maazel, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Herbert Blomstedt, Riccardo Chailly, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, James Levine, Leonard Slatkin ). He was also involved in many audio recordings. He accompanied, among others, the soprano Renée Fleming, the mezzo - soprano Cecilia Bartoli and Angelika Kirschschlager, violist Yuri Bashmet and the. He was involved in a total of more than 30 productions. The best known are the soundtracks to the films Portrait of a Lady, Atonement and Pride and Prejudice.

2001 was awarded the Chevalier de l' Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France Jean-Yves Thibaudet.