For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists. From the start of his career, he delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera, which he transcribed himself to play on the piano. His professional friendships criss-cross the globe and have led to spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion and visual art.
Thibaudet has a lifelong passion for education and mentoring young musical talent. He is the first-ever artist-in-residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles, where he makes his home. In 2017, the school announced the Jean-Yves Thibaudet Scholarships, funded by members of Colburn’s donor community, to provide aid for Music Academy students, whom Thibaudet will select for the merit-based awards, regardless of their instrument choice.
Thibaudet’s recording catalog has received two Grammy nominations, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d'Or, the Choc du Monde de la Musique, the Edison Prize and Gramophone Awards. He is a soloist in Wes Anderson’s film “The French Dispatch”; his playing can also be heard in “Pride and Prejudice,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Wakefield” and the Oscar-winning and critically acclaimed “Atonement.” His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood.
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. In 2020, he was named Special Representative for the promotion of French Creative and Cultural Industries in Romania. He is co-artistic director, with cellist Gautier Capuçon, of the Festival Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot.