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The Kennedy Center - Concert Hall
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
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Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays with “classical refinement and cool beauty.” —The New York Times



Debussy:  Images

Connesson: New Work for Piano and Orchestra

Ravel: Concerto for Piano for the Left Hand Alone

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé — Suite No. 2

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet enthralls audiences worldwide with his profound and poetic artistry, enlightened interpretations and thrilling performances. Hailed as one of the best pianists in the world, Thibaudet is sought-after by today’s foremost orchestras, festivals, conductors and collaborative musicians for his virtuosity and charisma.

Mr. Thibaudet’s 2009-10 season highlights include an Australian tour with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as European and North American tours with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. Additional appearances abroad this season are with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Berner Symphonie-Orchester, Museum orchester Frankfurt, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Norddeutscher Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Orquesta Sinfónica Castilla y León, Gelders Orchestra and Sinfonieorchester des Westdeutschen Rundfunks. Mr. Thibaudet’s performances in the U.S. include the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and the symphony orchestras of Dallas, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Baltimore, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Nashville.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet is an exclusive recording artist for Decca, which has released over 40 of his albums, earning the Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or, Choc de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two Echo awards, and the Edison Prize. This spring, Mr. Thibaudet releases his latest CD, Gershwin, featuring “jazz band” orchestrations of Rhapsody in Blue, Variations on "I Got Rhythm," and Concerto in F live with the Baltimore Symphony and Music Director Marin Alsop. Thibaudet was the soloist on the Oscar and Golden Globe Award-winning soundtrack of Universal Pictures’ Atonement and the Oscar-nominated Pride and Prejudice. Among other recordings are Satie: The Complete Solo Piano Music, and the jazz albums Reflections on Duke: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays the Music of Duke Ellington and Conversations with Bill Evans, his tribute to two of jazz history’s greats.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age five and made his first public appearance at age seven. At 12, he entered the Paris Conservatory to study with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves, a friend and collaborator of Ravel. At age 15, he won the Premier Prix du Conservatoire and three years later, won the Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York City. In 2001, the Republic of France awarded Thibaudet the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2002, he was awarded the Premio Pegasus from the Spoleto Festival in Italy for his artistic achievements and his longstanding involvement with the festival. In 2007, he was awarded the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honor given by France’s Victoires de la Musique.

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