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Chopin -Nocturne in B-flat minor, Op. 9, No. 1; Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op. 9, No. 2; Etude for Piano No. 13, Op. 25, No. 1 “Aeolian Harp;" Etude for Piano No. 15, Op. 25, No. 3; Waltz for Piano in A minor, Op. 34, No. 2; Waltz for Piano in E-flat Major, Op. 18


Liszt: Apres une lecture du Dante, Fantasia Quasi Sonata


Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1; Gnossienne No. 7


Debussy: Three Etudes for Piano


Messiaen: Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus

Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s fashionable performance ensembles often include surprising flairs of theatricality – such as red socks or a contemporary take on the classic black tuxedo.  Much like his wardrobe, Thibuadet accentuates his performance style with the unexpected and yet always retains an exquisitely tailored technical base.  Acknowledged worldwide as a master of the piano, Thibaudet’s skillful musical interpretations and distinctive technique, commonly referred to as the “Thibaudet sound,” have earned him legions of dedicated fans worldwide.

Thibuadet’s program includes a wide selection of works by some of history’s greatest composers for piano.  His Chopin selections include two Nocturnes (B-flat minor and E-flat Major), two Etudes for Piano (No. 13 and No. 15), and two Waltzes (A minor and E-flat Major.)  From Liszt, Thibaudet selects his classic Après une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata.  The dramatic work, whose title is borrowed from a Victor Hugo poem, is also known as the Dante Sonata. 

Three short pieces by French composer Satie – Gymnopédie No. 1, Gnossienne No. 7, and The Dreamy Fish – introduce the second half of the program.  These three works showcase the composer’s ability to capture a wide range of moods and emotions.  Debussy’s Three Etudes and Messiaen’s Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus complete the second half of the evening.

Highlights of Thibaudet’s 2005-2006 season include two appearances at Carnegie Hall, a solo recital at Lucerne Piano Festival 2005, a chamber music tour with the Rossetti String Quartet, and appearances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra.  In addition to his work with ensembles, he also currently performs and records with solo artists including Renée Fleming, Cecilia Bartoli, and Angelika Kirchschlager.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet was born in Lyon, France, where he began his piano studies at age 5 and made his first public appearance at age 7.  At 12, Mr. Thibaudet entered the Paris Conservatory, where he studied with Aldo Ciccolini and Lucette Descaves.  At age 15 he won the premier Prix du Conservatoire, and three years later won Young Concert Artists Auditions in New York.  WPAS first presented Thibaudet in 1984 on the Hayes Piano Series and most recently presented him with the San Francisco Symphony on April 22, 2006, when he appeared as a last-minute substitution for soprano Celena Shafer.