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La Jolla Music Society

Thibaudet/Batiashvili/Capuçon Trio

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2023 · 7:30 PM


Prelude Lecture · 6:30 PM


A powerhouse trio of acclaimed classical music performers! Piano superstar Jean-Yves Thibaudet, recognized as one of today’s finest pianists, has performed worldwide and recorded more than 50 albums. He is joined by Georgian-born German violin sensation Lisa Batiashvili and French cello phenom and multiple award winner Gautier Capuçon.


Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of today’s finest pianists, delighting in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera. His professional friendships crisscross the globe and have led to collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. This season, Thibaudet continues his multi-season focus on Debussy’s Préludes, and will also perform several recitals and small-ensemble concerts with close friends and new collaborators, including Renée Fleming, Midori, Itzhak Perlman and Friends, and Michael Feinstein. He also appears as soloist in eight different pieces this season, performed with eleven orchestras. Thibaudet is the first-ever Artist-in-Residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. His extensive catalog has received two GRAMMY nominations, two ECHO Awards, the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, the Diapason d’Or, the Edison Prize, and Gramophone awards, among others. He performs on the soundtracks of the films Wakefield, Atonement (Academy Award for Best Original Score), Pride and Prejudice, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, and The French Dispatch, and has a cameo in Bruce Beresford’s film about Alma Mahler, Bride of the Wind, in which his playing is showcased throughout. Among Thibaudet’s commendations is the Victoire d’Honneur, a lifetime career achievement award and the highest honor given by France’s Victoires de la Musique. He is also in the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and was named Officier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2012.

Georgian-born German violinist Lisa Batiashvili is the Artistic Director of Audi Sommerkonzerte, Ingolstadt, and for the recent festival performed Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 with Santtu-Matias Rouvali and the Münchner Philharmoniker. In 2022–23 she returned to the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, and toured with Royal Concertgebouworkest, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia. Batiashvili regularly appears on stage with orchestras including the Berliner Philharmoniker, London Symphony Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Staatskapelle Dresden, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Boston Symphony Orchestra, among others. Her latest album, Secret Love Letters with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Philadelphia Orchestra, was released in August 2022. She has won the MIDEM Classical Award, the Choc de l’année, the Accademia Musicale Chigiana International Prize, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and the Beethoven-Ring. Batiashvili plays a Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu” from 1739, generously loaned by a private collector.

Performing internationally with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, Gautier Capuçon is also a passionate ambassador for the Orchestre à l’École Association, which brings classical music to more than 40,000 school children across France. In January 2022 Capuçon launched his own Foundation to support young and talented musicians. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Capuçon brought music directly into the lives of families around France for free during his musical odyssey Un été en France. Capuçon performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. Current projects include collaborations with Lera Auerbach, Danny Elfman, and Thierry Escaich. Capuçon’s recordings have won multiple awards; his latest album, Sensations (2022), explores short pieces from a range of different genres. His album of romantic works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff in collaboration with Andreas Ottensammer and Yuja Wang was also released in 2022 by Deutsche Grammophon. 2020’s Warner Classics album Emotions features music from composers such as Debussy, Schubert, and Elgar and has achieved gold status in France. Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello named “L’Ambassadeur.”



Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano
Lisa Batiashvili, violin
Gautier Capuçon, cello


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