Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Biography

Born: September 7, 1961; France  
Thibaudet was born in Lyon to a French father and a German mother. The mother provided Thibaudet with his first piano lessons at age five, and later his father taught him to play the violin. Thibaudet's skill at the keyboard developed rapidly, and he gave his first recital at the age of seven, following with his first concerto appearance at age nine. At 12, Thibaudet was awarded a gold medal upon graduating from the Conservatory of Music in Lyon, Read more and he continued his studies at the Paris Conservatoire with Madame Lucette Descaves, who had known Ravel personally and was on intimate terms with both Ravel's scores and those of Debussy. Thibaudet completed his studies with Aldo Ciccolini, whom Thibaudet himself credits for helping to shape his own style and technique.

Thibaudet won the Prix du Conservatoire at age 15, and then took the competition circuit by storm, winning prizes at the Viotti, Casadesus, and Busoni competitions. When Thibaudet took first prize at the International Piano Competition in Japan in 1980, he made his first recordings for Denon. Upon winning the Young Concert Artists International Auditions in New York in 1981, Thibaudet's career as a touring artist began in earnest. Thibaudet signed a recording contract with Decca/London, and has since recorded more than 20 CDs for them. These include the complete piano works of Ravel (a Deutsche Schallplattenpreis winner and Grammy nominee) and Debussy; the Greig, Ravel, Liszt, and Rachmaninov Concerti, concertinos of Honegger and Françaix, and D'Indy's Symphony On a French Mountain Air. He has also recorded transcriptions of Liszt, the Addinsell "Warsaw" Concerto, and works of Gershwin, Brahms, Schumann, Messiaen, and Chopin. Thibaudet has played concerts at symphony halls and music festivals throughout the world, and has worked in tandem with artists such as the violinist Joshua Bell, cellist Truls Mork, and singers Matthias Goerne, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Cecilia Bartoli and Reneé Fleming.

Thibaudet has also turned his attention to popular music, notably in his acclaimed Conversations with Bill Evans and Reflections on Duke. His warm, rich tone and Apollonian approach to jazz music exposes the strong Classical underpinnings of Evans and Ellington without resorting to schmaltz, cheekiness, or other typical pitfalls of Classical "crossover" recordings. In classical repertoire, Thibaudet is both technically solid and on intimate terms with the music he plays, yet sometimes takes adventurous turns in interpretation. A good example of this is found in his recording of Liszt's transcription of the Wagner Tristan and Isolde "Libestod." At one point, Liszt transcribes Wagner's inner voices in a syncopated, "funky" manner, and rather than attempting to flatten these out through use of rubato, Thibaudet plays them "funky," in tempo, as written.

Thibaudet dresses impeccably, and was a friend of the late designer Gianni Versace. The bright red socks he wore at early recitals raised a fair number of eyebrows, but Thibaudet has cited the need for a splash of color in the usual monochromatic settings employed in concert appearances. In addition to his interest in high fashion, Thibaudet enjoys sports such as tennis and water skiing, good conversation, tango music and opera. In 1997 Thibaudet made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the minor role of Boleslao in Giordano's Fedora; not that he plans to abandon his keyboard in favor of a singing career, but just for the experience it provided. As he once asked in an interview, "How can you play the piano without understanding opera, or art, sculpture, or literature for that matter?"

In June 2000, Thibaudet's recording of Debussy's Images and Etudes was picked as an "Editor's Choice" in Gramophone. Read less

Biography

Born: September 7, 1961; France  
Thibaudet was born in Lyon to a French father and a German mother. The mother provided Thibaudet with his first piano lessons at age five, and later his father taught him to play the violin. Thibaudet's skill at the keyboard developed rapidly, and he gave his first recital at the age of seven, following with his first concerto appearance at age nine. At 12, Thibaudet was awarded a gold medal upon graduating from the Conservatory of Music in Lyon, Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 1. Introduction
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 2. Chant d'amour 1
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 3. Turangalîla I
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 4. Chant d'amour 2
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 5. Joie de sang des étoiles
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 6. Jardin du sommeil d'amour
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 7. Turangalîla 2
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 8. Développement de l'amour
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 9. Turangalîla 3
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - 10. Final
1. Allegro ma non tanto
2. Intermezzo (Adagio)
3. Finale (Alla breve)
1. Vivace
2. Andante
3. Allegro vivace
Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 1. Modéré
Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 2. Mouvement de menuet
Ravel: Sonatine, M.40 - for Piano - 3. Animé
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 1. Prélude
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 2. Fugue
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 3. Forlane
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 4. Rigaudon
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 5. Menuet
Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin - Piano version - 6. Toccata
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 1. Danseuses de Delphes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 2. Voiles
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 3. Le vent dans la plaine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 4. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 5. Les collines d'Anacapri
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 6. Des pas sur la neige
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 7. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'ouest
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1, L. 117 - 8. La fille aux cheveux de lin
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 9. La sérénade interrompue
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 10. La cathédrale engloutie
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 11. La danse de Puck
Debussy: Préludes - Book 1 - 12. Minstrels
Debussy: Estampes, L. 100 - 1. Pagodes
Debussy: Estampes, L. 100 - 2. Soirée dans Grenade
Debussy: Estampes, L. 100 - 3. Jardins sous la pluie
Debussy: Deux Arabesques L. 66 - No. 1 Andante con moto
Debussy: Deux Arabesques - No. 2 Allegretto scherzande
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 1. Brouillards
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 2. Feuilles mortes
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 3. La puerta del vino
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 4. "Les fées sont d'exquises danseuses"
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 5. Bruyères
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 6. "General Lavine" - eccentric
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 7. La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 8. Ondine
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 9. Hommage à S. Pickwick, Esq., P.P.M.P.C.
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 10. Canope
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 11. Les tierces alternées
Debussy: Préludes - Book 2 - 12. Feux d'artifice
Debussy: Images oubliées, L. 87 - Lent (mélancolique et doux)
Debussy: Images oubliées, L. 87 - Souvenir du Louvre (Sarabande)
Debussy: Images oubliées, L. 87 - Quelques aspects de "Nous n'irons plus au bois parce qu'il fait un temps insupportable
Debussy: Pour le piano - 1. Prélude
Debussy: Pour le piano - 2. Sarabande
Debussy: Pour le piano - 3. Toccata
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 1. Reflets dans l'eau
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 2. Hommage à Rameau
Debussy: Images - Book 1 - 3. Mouvement
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 1. Cloches à travers les feuilles
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 2. Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fût
Debussy: Images - Book 2 - 3. Poissons d'or
Debussy: Children's Corner - 1. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Debussy: Children's Corner - 2. Jimbo's Lullaby
Debussy: Children's Corner - 3. Serenade for the Doll
Debussy: Children's Corner - 4. The Snow is dancing
Debussy: Children's Corner - 5. The little Shepherd
Debussy: Children's Corner - 6. Golliwogg's Cakewalk
Debussy: Suite bergamasque - 1. Prélude
Debussy: Suite bergamasque - 2. Menuet
Debussy: Suite bergamasque, L. 75 - 3. Clair de lune
Debussy: Suite bergamasque - 4. Passepied
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 1. Pour les "cinq doigts" (d'après Monsieur Czerny)
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 2. Pour les Tierces
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 3. Pour les Quartes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 4. Pour les Sixtes
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 5. Pour les Octaves
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 6. Pour les huit doigts
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 7. Pour les Degrés chromatiques
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 8. Pour les Agréments
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 9. Pour les Notes répétées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 10. Pour les Sonorités opposées
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 11. Pour les Arpèges composés
Debussy: 12 Etudes pour le piano - 12. Pour les Accords
I. Andante ma non troppo
II. Lento e molto espressivo - Allegro molto
1. Allegro
2. Adagio - Andante con moto
3. Allegro agitato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 2a. Quasi adagio
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 3. Allegretto vivace
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - 4. Allegro marziale animato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 1. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 2. Allegro moderato
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 3. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro
Liszt: Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - 4. Allegro animato
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand in D - 1. Lento
Ravel: Piano Concerto for the left hand in D - 2. Allegro
Françaix: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra - 1. Presto leggiero
Françaix: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra - 2a. Lent
Françaix: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra - 2b. Allegretto/Trio
Françaix: Concertino for Piano and Orchestra - 3. Rondeau (Allegretto)
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 1. Allegramente
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 2. Adagio assai
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G - 3. Presto
1. Allegro animato
2. Andante
3. Molto allegro
1. Andante sostenuto
2. Allegro scherzando
3. Presto
1. Assez lent - Modérément animé
2. Assez modéré, mais sans lenteur
3. Animé
First Movement
Second Movement
Third Movement (Valse lento)
Fourth Movement (Finale)


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