Jean-Yves “evinced every virtue applicable to Liszt.”
March 13 2015
Read the full review of Jean-Yves playing Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Fabio Luisi, here.
“The poet of the piano,” according to “El Nuevo Diario.”
March 09 2015
“The highlight of the night was Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s spectacular interpretation of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, along with the Festival Orchestra. With the dexterity, sensitivity, and depth that characterize him, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, known as the ‘poet of the piano’ showed the audience the true beauty of this piece. The audience responded with a thunderous standing ovation.”
“El plato fuerte de la noche fue la espectacular interpretación de Jean Yves Thibaudet del concierto No. 2 para piano y orquesta del compositor húngaro, Franz Liszt, junto a la espectacular Orquesta del Festival. Con la destreza, sensibilidad y profundidad que lo caracterizan, Jean Yves Thibaudet, conocido como el ‘poeta del piano’ mostró al público asistente la real belleza de esta obra. La respuesta del público fue una cerrada ovación de pie.”
Read the full review of Jean-Yves at the Music Festival of Santo Domingo here.
Jean-Yves is “one of the best pianists on the planet.”
February 20 2015
Read the full review of Jean-Yves playing Khachaturian’s Piano Concerto, with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Peter Oundjian, here.
Jean-Yves’s “performance was so exuberant and inspired it was impossible not to be swept up.”
February 12 2015
Read the full review of Jean-Yves playing James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which he commissioned, with the New York Philharmonic and Stéphane Denève, here.
“A virtuoso performance, both intellectually and emotionally” by Jean-Yves
February 08 2015
Read the full review of Jean-Yves playing James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which he commissioned, with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Stéphane Denève, here.
“The New York Times” review of Jean-Yves and the Czech Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall
November 17 2014
“Jean-Yves Thibaudet was the excellent soloist, bringing just the right flair to the work’s built-in flamboyance. He played brilliantly and seemed scarcely to break a sweat in the cascading scales and crashing octaves.” Read the rest of the review here.
“The Washington Post” review of Jean-Yves’s tour with the Czech Philharmonic
November 16 2014
“Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet proved himself a keen partner, caressing the opening theme in pearly filigree, then pounding diabolical runs through a mini-cadenza that drops off the deep end of the keyboard. Elsewhere he proved both poetic and powerful, whether trading solos with the cello or ripping fiery glissandos near the rock-and-roll finale.” Read the rest of the review here.
Jean-Yves has “both the poetry and power to bring out the unspoken narrative.”
November 07 2014
Read the rest of the review of Jean-Yves and the Czech Philharmonic, under the direction of Jirí Belohlávek, here.
Jean-Yves’s “technique was nothing less than extraordinary.”
November 05 2014
Read the rest of the review of Jean-Yves and the Czech Philharmonic at Segerstrom Concert Hall, under the direction of Jirí Belohlávek, here.
Jean-Yves gives the Khachaturian Piano Concerto “the opposite of what that piece is used to.”
October 11 2014
Read the rest of the review of Jean-Yves at the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, here.
Jean-Yves is “surely the coolest pianist on the planet.”
August 29 2014
Read this review of Jean-Yves, playing with Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra at Usher Hall in Edinburgh, here.
Jean-Yves plays “more notes per square inch than any person alive” with the BSO at Tanglewood
August 04 2014
Read the full review of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood program, under associate conductor Marcelo Lehninger, here.
“Supple French threesome” perform Beethoven’s Triple Concerto at the Hollywood Bowl
July 23 2014
Read the rest of the review of the Hollywood Bowl concert, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic, here.
“Thibaudet’s whispered phrases” with the NSO “had the vast audience eating out of his hand.”
July 20 2014
Read the rest of the review of the National Symphony Orchestra’s program at Wolf Trap, led by guest conductor, Andrew Litton, here.
Jean-Yves performs Shostakovich concerto with San Francisco Symphony, with “substance and vigor.”
April 30 2014
Read the rest of the review of the San Francisco Symphony’s program, led by guest conductor, James Conlon, here.
Jean-Yves makes “a welcome return to Australia” with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
December 11 2013
Read the review of his Gershwin performance in Australia here.
Jean-Yves to perform with the Sydney Symphony and James Gaffigan
December 03 2013
On December 5-9, Jean-Yves will perform Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F with the Sydney Symphony and James Gaffigan
Jean-Yves embarks on Asian Tour
November 01 2013
This November, Jean-Yves travels throughout Asian performing with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and the China Philharmonic.
Jean-Yves performs the UK premiere of MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No.3!
October 21 2013
Jean-Yves joined the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for the UK premiere of Piano Concerto No. 3 by James MacMillan. Jean-Yves brought out “moments of sumptuous beauty and magical repose.” Read the rest of the article here.
Jean-Yves and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra kick off the season with a dynamic program!
October 07 2013
A great review about Jean-Yves performances with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
Jean-Yves at Proms 2013 with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester!
September 11 2013
Jean-Yves was able to trail “the decorative line over the return of that heavenly melody with beautiful delicacy, like a string of pearls.” Read the rest of the review here.
Jean-Yves performs with the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival
July 08 2013
At the Blossom Festival, Jean-Yves performed Liszt’s “Totentanz” on a stormy night but “unlike the sheets of rain outside, the torrential reams of notes from his hands remained sparklingly clear.” Read the rest of the review here.
Jean-Yves plays in a tribute to John Goldman with the San Francisco Symphony
June 19 2013
Monday night, Jean-Yves displayed “finger gymnastics” while performing Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major! Read the rest of the review here.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet performs with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under Carlos Miguel Prieto
June 07 2013
After he played Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No. 5, Jean-Yves “emerged from the cascades of galloping octaves not only unscathed but triumphant.” Read the rest of the here.
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and “Thibaudet’s agile-fingeredness” rise to MacMillan’s complexity
June 03 2013
Read all about Atlanta’s premiere of MacMillan’s concerto No. 3 here.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet guest hosts on Chicago’s WFMT!
May 30 2013
Jean-Yves just recently performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. While in Chicago, he was able to visit radio host, Lisa Flynn and play some of his favorite recordings of music. Check out his picks here.
Jean-Yves plays with ONL at a new performance homebase for them, the Bourse du Travail.
May 10 2013
The auditorium where the National Orchestra of Lyon normally performs will be closed for renovations until October. Last month, during his residency, Jean-Yves helped them settle into their new venue for the next few months the Bourse du Travail. Read more here.
Jean-Yves takes Bringuier on a joy ride with LA. Philharmonic
May 05 2013
Read more here.
Listen to Jean-Yves and the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra play at Salle Pleyel
March 28 2013
The March 22 concert is free to listen to this month. Click here.
Jean-Yves and the NDR-Orchestra play an emotional roller coaster ride in Wuppertal!
March 28 2013
Jean-Yves was a part of a beautiful concert with the NDR Orchestra, filled with seamless transitions and balance between the piano and orchestra. Read the entire review in German here.
Jean-Yves brings “textural clarity” to Carnegie Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra
February 26 2013
The New York Times raves about Jean-Yves’ performance of Ravel’s Piano Concerto, which captured the jazzy, Gershwinesque sassiness of the piece. Read more about Jean-Yves and the Philadelphia Orchestra performance here.
Jean-Yves and the Seattle Symphony earn “an instantaneous, prolonged standing ovation.”
February 04 2013
Jean-Yves joined the Seattle Symphony for a high caliber performance of Messiaen’s “Turangalîla”. Read more here in the “Seattle Times”.
“OpusColorado” states, “Thibaudet is, unquestionably, one of the best pianists in the world.”
January 30 2013
OpusColorado reviews Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s “world class performance” with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. Read more here.
Jean-Yves plays Grieg with “with incisive rhythmic vigor” alongside the New York Philharmonic
January 16 2013
Jean-Yves was the soloist during Manfred Honeck’s debut with the New York Philharmonic! Read more here.
“The New York Times” review of Thibaudet’s “deliciously intimate recital” at Lincoln Center
November 14 2012
Jean-Yves “played with sophistication and suavity, both clarity and a freedom infused by the spirit of jazz.” Read more of this review and learn of a rock concert moment
Jean-Yves chats with KUHA.fm about Debussy
November 08 2012
“I really think of Debussy as an extremely important composer that really paved the way for all the music to come in the 20th century…I think of so many composers that probably wouldn’t have..existed in that way if Debussy hadn’t been there before.” Listen to Jean-Yves chat with St. John Flynn here
“Houston Chronicle” talks fashion and Debussy with Jean-Yves
November 08 2012
“And then you have the modern Debussy, who’s ahead of his time. The music of the “Preludes” - especially the second book - is almost esoteric, and you have to make an effort to enter his world. That’s the Debussy who most fascinates me: the Debussy who invented a new language.” Read more here.
Jean-Yves talks music evolution with Houston’s “Culturemap”
November 08 2012
“We are human beings — not robots. And that’s why it’s quite remarkable” Read more here.
In San Francisco, Jean-Yves proves that he is an “expert when it comes to honoring Debussy..”
November 07 2012
Examiner.com reviews Jean-Yves Thibaudet at the Herbst Theatre “One was…left with a strong sense of how Thibaudet could apply his solid command of technique to the evocation of an extensive, and highly diverse, range of visual stimuli.” Read the whole review here.
Jean-Yves’s Debussy recital in La Jolla was performed with “uncanny insight”
November 07 2012
“His program was no sampler of Debussy’s greatest hits, but an elegant master class that probed the gamut of the composer’s idiom for his favored instrument.”
Jean-Yves’s Debussy recital at the Herbst Theatre “glowed richly with subtle iridescence.”
November 04 2012
“There is no better pianist than Jean-Yves Thibaudet to illustrate the matter of impressionism in music.” Read more here.
New Jersey loves Jean-Yves! “Newark Star-Ledger” reviews Jean-Yves
October 02 2012
“Thibaudet made fresh, distinctive and colorful choices throughout. There were flippant flourishes and jangling octaves; there was swagger in grace note-inflected passages. His willingness to be subdued and nonchalant also made the work’s most virtuosic and forceful moments all the more exciting. As the piece built, his energy, personality and accuracy were equally impressive.”
A New Review of Jean-Yves in with the Hong Kong Philharmonic
June 12 2012
The San Jose Mercury News Reviews Jean-Yves and the SF Symphony
April 21 2012
NYT Loves Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
March 01 2012
“Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s reading of the solo line balanced tautness and clarity with suppleness and nuance. Mr. Thibaudet did not ignore the score’s tart side entirely, but he tempered it with a buoyant, singing tone that proved appealing in this early score, from 1933.”
Jean-Yves Thibaudet Goes on US Tour with the Royal Philharmonic!
January 19 2012
January 20 - Saint-Saëns Piano concerto No. 5; Foellinger Great Hall; Champaign Urbana, IL
January 21 - Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2; Foellinger Great Hall; Champaign Urbana, IL
January 22 - Liszt Piano Concerot No. 2; Symphony Center; Chicago, IL
January 23 - Saint-Saëns Piano concerto No. 5; Palm Desert, CA
January 25 - Saint-Saëns Piano concerto No. 5; San Diego, CA
January 26 - Saint-Saëns Piano concerto No. 5; Santa Barbara, CA
January 27 - Saint-Saëns Piano concerto No. 5; Davis, CA
January 28 - Liszt Piano Concerot No. 2; Berkeley, CA
January 29 - Saint-Saëns Piano concerto No. 5; Seattle, WA
JYT returns to the Walt Disney Hall
December 24 2011
On January 5-8, 2012, Thibaudet returns to the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall. With Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducting, the orchestra will play Dvorak’s Hussite Overture and Symphony No. 3, “Organ” by Saint-Saens. Thibaudet will join for Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Thibaudet began this season with a series of striking summer appearances at Tanglewood in which he played the complete piano works of Ravel in a week. He then embarked on a European tour with Charles Dutoit and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Continuing his love of exploring individual composers, Thibaudet performed a program of Liszt lieder and Brahms lieder with mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager in Europe, Boston and New York. Thibaudet also tours Europe with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and the U.S. with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Saint-Saëns. After a performance with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on February 11, 2012, Thibaudet will conclude his season with Debussy recitals in Europe. These Debussy evenings celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
JYT to appear in NYPhil’s NYE gala!
December 24 2011
On December 31, 2011, Jean-Yves Thibaudet will perform with the New York Philharmonic for its PBS-televised New Year’s Eve Gala. He will play the Gershwin Concerto in F and Rhapsody in Blue, works he recorded on his most recent album, “Gershwin”, for Decca. Both Concerto in F (arr. Ferde Grofé, 1928, for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra) and Rhapsody in Blue (arr. Ferde Grofé, 1924, for the Paul Whiteman Orchestra) are presented on this live recording with the Baltimore Symphony in their “jazz band” orchestrations, as opposed to the more familiar versions performed by traditional orchestras. “People ask if the piece is jazz, classical or both,” writes Thibaudet of Rhapsody in Blue, “but the underlying jazz element really belongs to this great work, and this Grofé orchestration gives the Gershwin piece the flavor that it should have.” Gershwin’s own orchestration of Variations on ‘I Got Rhythm’ completes the disc.
Featured soloist on Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close!
December 24 2011
This winter, Thibaudet can be heard on the score of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which opens on December 25, 2011 in New York and Los Angeles, and in January 2012 nationwide. Director Stephen Daldry’s previous work includes The Hours, The Reader, and Billy Elliot. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close was filmed and the score was recorded in New York City.
As part of the recording sessions, Thibaudet spent four days working closely with Daldry, composer Alexandre Desplat, and the production crew. “I loved working with Alexandre Desplat,” Thibaudet says. “He’s so much in control of everything: he knows exactly what he wants, which is both helpful and inspiring.” Thibaudet’s time in the studio involved painstakingly watching scenes from the movie in order to produce just the right musical atmosphere. The emotions of the music and images had to be in sync in order to create a perfect artistic unity.
Based on the critically-acclaimed novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close stars Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock, and introduces young actor Thomas Horn. It tells the story of nine-year-old Oskar Schell, a precocious and sensitive Manhattanite. After Oskar’s father dies in the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, Oskar set outs to find the meaning of a key he discovers in his father’s closet. His adventures will take him throughout the five boroughs as he meets a kaleidoscope of characters and searches for meaning in a healing city. Thibaudet describes the score: “You have to create an entire mood, feeling and atmosphere, with your music. You need to tell a story with your notes at the the piano. It’s a huge challenge, but I love doing it. The score has a great atmosphere. The piano is a little bit the voice of Oskar, the boy, so it changes with his moods. It’s reflective and nostalgic - not sad, but moody. The music kind of hangs there, very quietly. I find it timeless and quite magical.”