Jean-Yves Thibaudet Kicks Off Year-Long Residency

For this ambitious new season, Music Director Ludovic Morlot invited renowned pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet to serve as the Seattle Symphony’s first-ever Artist in Residence. Thibaudet, who shares many of the same musical sensibilities as Morlot, will join in the orchestra’s exploration of French and American music, creating a unique link throughout the season.

“There were many considerations when selecting an artist who could be a good fit to join the orchestra for a season-long residency,” shared Morlot, “Jean-Yves is an exemplary musician who the orchestra has already embraced, so he will be able to join them and enhance an existing collaboration. Coincidentally, he and I grew up in the same town in France, so it’s an extra thrill for me.”

Seattle audiences will have many opportunities to experience Thibaudet’s mastery over the course of the next several months. He served as the Chair of the jury for the Seattle Symphony Piano Competition, including leading a masterclass with local, promising pianists. He kicked off the season as the soloist at the Opening Night Concert on September 19. The spotlight will shine on him as he presents a recital on November 8. Audiences will have a unique opportunity to witness him in a more intimate setting as he joins Seattle Symphony musicians in a Chamber series concert on June 7. The season will conclude with two power-house concerts featuring Thibaudet with the orchestra. The first will include Ravel’s whimsical Piano Concerto in G major, the second Gershwin’s jazzy Concerto in F.

Presenting artists of this caliber is important to the Seattle Symphony on many levels, and is made possible by generous gifts, such as the Guest Artist Circle sponsorship of Jean-Yves Thibaudet by Jean-François and Catherine Heitz. “Catherine and I have been Seattle Symphony subscribers since we moved here from France in 1994,” said Jean-François. “We’ve had the pleasure of hearing Jean-Yves perform both here and in Sun Valley and loved his performances. Sponsoring his Opening Night appearance is another way for us to support the Seattle Symphony and the music we love. We’re thrilled that he’ll be back several more times this season as part of this residency.” In fact, Thibaudet’s June performance with the orchestra is underwritten by Guest Artist Circle sponsors Sheila Noonan and Peter Hartley. Sheila added, "the Guest Artists Circle is a wonderful way to support the Seattle Symphony. The chance to spend quality time with the guest artist is 'priceless', as they say."

Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s talent at drawing out subtleties and exploring the full breadth of each work that he encounters led The New York Times to write that “every note he fashions is a pearl…the joy, brilliance and musicality of his performance could not be missed.” He fills his time with a distinctive range of musical performances, balanced between orchestral, chamber and recital appearances, with repertoire from traditional classical music to contemporary compositions and everything in between.

Beyond his reputation in the classical world, Thibaudet’s style and elegance has been captured in the recordings of the Oscar- and Golden Globe Award-winning score from Atonement, and the 2005 Oscar-nominated score for Pride and Prejudice. These are just two of the 50 plus albums he has recorded. He has been nominated for two Grammy Awards and won the Schallplattenpreis, the Diapason d’Or, Choc du Monde de la Musique, a Gramophone Award, two ECHO awards and the Edison Prize. Not only is he a prolific recording artist, he is one of the world’s most sought-after soloists performing with the major U.S. orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco, among others, as well as internationally with the China Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre de Paris and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, last season alone.

Welcome to Seattle Jean-Yves!

For more information about artist sponsorship, please contact Becky Kowals at 206.215.4852 or becky.kowals@seattlesymphony.org.

By Heidi Staub

JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET’S PERFORMANCES AS ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, AT 7PM

OPENING NIGHT CONCERT & GALA WITH LUDOVIC MORLOT & JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
BERNSTEIN: Overture to Wonderful Town
COPLAND: Appalachian Spring
SAINT-SAËNS: Danse Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila
SAINT-SAËNS: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”


SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8, AT 2PM

JEAN-YVES THIBAUDET
DISTINGUISHED ARTIST SERIES
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
RAVEL: Pavane pour une infante défunte
RAVEL: Miroirs
SCHUMANN: Kinderszenen
SCHUMANN: Piano Sonata No. 1, Op. 11
Performance does not include the Seattle Symphony.


SUNDAY, JUNE 5, AT 2PM

RAVEL PIANO CONCERTO
MASTERWORKS SEASON
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
FAURÉ: Masques et bergamasques
RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”


TUESDAY, JUNE 7, AT 7:30PM

BRAHMS & DVOŘÁK

CHAMBER SERIES
Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall
Featuring pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet
BRAHMS: String Sextet No. 2 in G major
DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major


THURSDAY, JUNE 9, AT 7:30PM

FRIDAY, JUNE 10, AT 12 NOON

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, AT 8PM

GERSHWIN PIANO CONCERTO
MASTERWORKS SEASON
Ludovic Morlot, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
ANNA CLYNE: U.S. Premiere
GEORGE GERSHWIN: Concerto in F
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A major

Posted on October 7, 2015

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