April 18 2016
“ResMusica” reviews Jean-Yves’s recent performance in Paris of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor with Lionel Bringuier and the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich:
“Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s technical mastery is impressive, from the particularly energetic start of the first movement to the end of the third movement in a blaze of glory, where the piano does not let itself be submerged by the extraordinary wave of the orchestra.”
“La maîtrise technique de Jean-Yves Thibaudet est impressionnante, d’un début de premier mouvement particulièrement énergique à une fin de troisième en apothéose où le piano ne se laisse pas submerger par l’extraordinaire vague de l’orchestre.”
Jean-Yves to perform with the Berliner Philharmoniker
April 14 2016
The April 23 concert will be live-streamed via the orchestra’s Digital Concerto Hall – the first time Jean-Yves has been featured on the platform.
Watch the live-stream here.
March 21 2016
“With impeccable technique and a spirit that combines romantic expressivity with the most sophisticated lyricism, the pianist gave a clean, well-memorized version that was also deeply-felt, vibrating, and moving.”
“De técnica impecable y con un espíritu que combina la expresividad romántica con el más sofisticado lirismo, el pianista entregó una versión pulida, bien sabida de memoria, pero a la vez con una entrega sentida, vibrante, conmovedora”
Read the full review here.
“Elegance and restraint”
March 18 2016
Read the review of Jean-Yves’s performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2 with The Cleveland Orchestra.
“Fiery account of Liszt’s second piano concerto”
March 11 2016
“Jean-Yves Thibaudet took the stage for a fiery account of Liszt’s second piano concerto, which he played with a commendable ferocity, tearing into the keyboard when not drawing from it gentler sprays of sound.” Read the full “Washington Post” review of Jean-Yves’s performance with the National Symphony Orchestra.
“His very personal vision of the elusive Ravelian universe”
March 11 2016
“Jean-Yves Thibaudet imposes his very personal vision of the elusive Ravelian universe transmitted by this extraordinary Concerto.”
“Jean-Yves Thibaudet impose sa vision très personnelle de l’insaisissable univers ravélien que transmet cet extraordinaire Concerto de Ravel.”
Read the full review of Jean-Yves’s performance of Ravel’s Concerto in G major with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France.
“The French pianist commanded the Steinway”
February 06 2016
“The vibrant and evocative colours of New York illuminated the hall in Thibaudet’s performance of Gershwin’s concerto. The French pianist commanded the Steinway and trotted away with lively dance rhythms and colourful jazz harmonies in the first movement, waltzed through legato melodies and a delicate jazzy cadenza in the central chapter, and alongside the orchestra raced through the unswerving momentum of the final movement with vital syncopated rhythms and a grandiose fortissimo restatement of the opening movement’s luxurious theme.” Read the full review of Jean-Yves and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, here.
Jean-Yves’s notes were “transparent like sparkling stars on a cloudless night”
January 07 2016
Read the full review of Jean-Yves’s first concerts of 2016 with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, for his Artist-in-Residency.
“Great capacity to color the sound and sing with the piano”
November 30 2015
“In each movement…the pianist showed a significant catalog of qualities: delicate sensitivity, great capacity to color the sound and sing with the piano, avoidance of easy sensationalism, sure instinct in handling the pedals, and—something rare in this country—love for the dynamics marked pianissimo. Not to mention his ability to perform dizzying runs.”
“En todos los movimientos…el pianista mostró un importante catálogo de cualidades: sensibilidad delicada, gran capacidad para colorear el sonido y cantar con el piano, huída del efectismo fácil, instinto certero en el manejo de los pedales, y –cosa rara en este país—amor hacia las dinámicas suaves marcadas pianissimo. Sin olvidar su habilidad para realizar vertiginosos recorridos por el teclado.”
From the review of his recital in Valencia.
“Thibaudet wove the 13 scenes into a harmonious whole”
November 29 2015
Praise for Jean-Yves’s “Kinderszenen” performance from the review of his last fall recital.
“Pianista, caballero y poeta”—“Pianist, gentleman, and poet”
November 26 2015
Read the full “Audioclásica” review here.
“Jean Yves plays breathtakingly”
November 24 2015
Read the full review of his Concertgebouw recital here.
“One of the nicest things Ludovic Morlot has ever done for Seattle”
November 09 2015
The “Seattle Times” on Jean-Yves’s residency with the Seattle Symphony and his recital at Benaroya Hall.
“So tenderly, so perfectly, it almost seemed unfair”
November 02 2015
Read the full “Orange County Register” review of Jean-Yves’s recital here.
“His cool, articulate playing shined almost as much as his rhinestone-studded Cesare Paciotti shoes”
October 26 2015
Read the full review of Jean-Yves’s concerts with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra here.
“Dazzling technique and passion”
October 15 2015
Read the full review of Jean-Yves’s first recital of the 2015-16 season here.
The opening concert of Jean-Yves’s residency at the Seattle Symphony
September 20 2015
“The Seattle Times” says “He’s a master colorist and a great communicator, able to reduce a large concert hall to an intimate chamber of intent listeners.”
“Rendered with flair”
August 04 2015
“The piano score was rendered with flair by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, who brought an energetic touch to the rollicking sections and a poetic limpidity to the moments of gossamer filigree.”—from “The New York Times” review of Jean-Yves and the Emerson String Quartet at Mostly Mozart.
“A complete triumph”
August 03 2015
Read the full review of Jean-Yves and the Capuçon brothers’ performance of the Beethoven Triple Concerto at Tanglewood in “The Boston Globe”.
Jean-Yves joins HarrisonParrott for General Management Effective October 1, 2015
July 29 2015
Effective October 1, 2015, HarrisonParrott will take on the worldwide representation of internationally acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. Thibaudet’s artistic depth and natural charisma have made him one of the most sought-after pianists today. He has performed around the world for more than 30 years and recorded more than 50 albums, including three popular film scores. “The New York Times” recently wrote of his playing, “Every note he fashions is a pearl…the joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed.” In 2010 the Hollywood Bowl honored Thibaudet for his musical achievements by inducting him into its Hall of Fame. Previously a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Thibaudet was awarded the title Officier by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012. This season, he tackles three artist-in-residencies: at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, and the Colburn School of Music.
Thibaudet comes to HarrisonParrott - to be represented by Joint Managing Director Lydia Connolly - after a tremendous 30 years of professional growth and collaboration with Mastroianni Associates and IMG Artists. He writes, “I leave my colleagues with nothing but fond feelings. I am blessed to have had a multi-decade career, and I look forward to the decades to come! I am thrilled about this new and fruitful partnership with Lydia Connolly and HarrisonParrott as I look to the future.”
Until October 1, all inquiries should continue to be directed to Kristin Schuster at IMG Artists.
This summer, Thibaudet makes appearances at Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Tanglewood Music Festival, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, and the Hollywood Bowl. With the Seattle Symphony, where he is artist-in-residence, he plays Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, and Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F; chairs the jury for the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition 2015; performs Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 with symphony musicians, and tours Asia. He opens his residency at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with James MacMillan’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which he premiered in 2011, and tours Europe with the orchestra. The residency also involves chamber music, a performance at RCO Club Night, and a master class. Thibaudet takes Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor on tour in the spring with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Also this season, he gives a recital tour across the United States and Europe.
Setting up their own agency in 1969, Jasper Parrott and Terry Harrison pioneered a new approach to management – one that was intensively pro-active, international, and centered around the needs and aspirations of the artists. Today, that restless and challenging spirit is as strong as ever, shared across one of the most experienced teams in the business. Lydia Connolly has been with HarrisonParrott for more than 25 years and has served as Joint Managing Director since January 2013.
“Kühnheit und Magie”—“Boldness and Magic”
July 18 2015
The “Berner Zeitung” review of Jean-Yves’s artist-in-residency at the Menuhin Festival Gstaad.
“A gentleman on the keys…yet good for a hellish ride”!
June 03 2015
Read the full review at “Op-Online”.
Jean-Yves on the Gstaad Menuhin Festival this summer, commissioning new music, and Ferraris
June 01 2015
Read the full interview on “Classicpoint”.
“Elegance and gambler-like coolness”!
May 31 2015
Read the full review in the “Frankfurter Rundschau”.
“The Chicago Tribune” reviews the Turangalila-Symphonie
May 22 2015
“Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet made the virtuosic piano part [in the ‘Turangalila-Symphonie’] sound at once visceral and dangerous. Thibaudet led off his solo double-header of the evening with a briskly exhilarating romp through Ravel’s cheeky, jazzy Piano Concerto in G major. Salonen and the orchestra were with him all the way, even when near-breakneck tempos threatened to run the outer movements off the rails.” Read the full review here.
Jean-Yves on Bernstein’s “Age of Anxiety” Symphony
May 06 2015
Read his full conversation with “The Huffington Post” here.
Rave reviews from Jean-Yves’s time at the Boston Symphony Orchestra
April 24 2015
“The deft and mutually supportive interactions between Thibaudet and various orchestra members was a constant delight…Thibaudet’s zesty performance earned him an ovation and three returns to the stage.”—“Boston Classical Review”
“At the keyboard, Thibaudet filled out the picture with a full palette of colorful playing…Bright string sonorities highlighted the slow, mournful phrases like rays of sunshine through clouds. Thibaudet’s accompaniment, here, was pearly and deep.”—“Boston Classical Review”
“Thibaudet’s muscular, percussive sound anchored the ensemble, which sharpened the music’s glint to an edge, rendering its drifts in and out of harmonic shadow in Rembrandt-like colors.”—“The Boston Globe”
“Dazzling and dumbfounding were Thibaudet’s ways with Ravel’s ever-shifting techniques, and the BSO was right there in the thick of it. The entire concerto was a masterpiece of performance, as thrilling, colorful, imaginative, yet natural as ever could be.”—“The Boston Music Intelligencer”
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.
Jean-Yves talks to “Cleveland Classical”
March 11 2015
“I think the image of classical music is continuing to change and is attracting younger people. I do see the results…I’m positive and enthusiastic about the future but we still have to continue working. We need more education, and we need to go to more schools, so there is still much to do,” says Jean-Yves. Read the full interview 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.”