Image of Jean-Yves Thibaudet on a couch.
Photo: Andrew Eccles
CPA Series

Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Debussy Preludes

March 28, 2023
7:30 PM

Tickets from $10–$62. See details below.

For more than three decades, Jean-Yves Thibaudet has performed worldwide, recorded more than 50 albums, and built a reputation as one of the world’s finest pianists. From the start of his career, he has delighted in music beyond the standard repertoire, from jazz to opera. His global friendships have led to a multitude of spontaneous and fruitful collaborations in film, fashion, and visual art. 

Thibaudet’s recording catalogue 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. His most recent album, 2021’s Carte Blanche,” features a collection of deeply personal solo piano pieces never before recorded by the pianist. His playing can be heard in many films, including “The French Dispatch,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close,” “Wakefield,” and “Atonement.” His concert wardrobe is designed by Dame Vivienne Westwood. 

Now, he brings his talents to Carolina’s own Memorial Hall, where he will perform the complete Debussy Préludes, Books I and II.

“He’s a master colorist and a great communicator, able to reduce a large concert hall to an intimate chamber of intent listeners.”

The Seattle Times


Tickets available for $32–$62. $10 UNC-Chapel Hill student tickets available with valid UNC One Card. Additional discounts available. Visit our FAQ page for details.


  • Digital program book: Click here to access
  • Runtime: 1 hour and 50 minutes (includes intermission)
  • Intermission: 20 minutes
  • Additional information: Visit our FAQ page


Claude Debussy
Préludes, Book I (see below)
DebussyPréludes, Book II (see below)
Book I
  • Danseuses de Delphes 
  • Voiles
  • Le vent dans la plaine
  • Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l’air du soir
  • Les collines d’Anacapri
  • Des pas sur la neige
  • Ce qu’a vu lent d’ouest
  • La fille aux cheveux de lin
  • La serenade interrompue
  • La cathêdrale engloutie
  • La dans de Puck
  • Minstrels
Book II
  • Brouillards
  • Feuilles mortes
  • La Puerta del Vino
  • Les fees sont d’exquises danseuses
  • Bruyères
  • Général Lavine – eccentric
  • La terrasse des audiences du clair de lune
  • Ondine
  • Hommage à S. Pickwick Esq. P.P.M.P.C
  • Canope
  • Les tierces alternées
  • Feux d’artifice


Jean-Yves Thibaudet’s worldwide representation: HarrisonParrott 

Jean-Yves Thibaudet records exclusively for Decca Records.


Thibaudet has a lifelong passion for education and fostering 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.

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 Advisor of the Festival Musique & Vin au Clos Vougeot.

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