His recent debut with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, performing Ravel’s Concerto in G at Symphony Hall and Carnegie Hall attracted unanimous acclaim from the press. The New York Times stated that “the highlight was a fresh and dazzling account of Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, with the brilliant French pianist Cédric Tiberghien, who played with rich, rounded tone in the lyrical stretches and fleet, crisp articulation in the spiraling, jazzy, virtuosic passages". The Boston Globe saluted a “very impressive BSO debut. He showed a flair for interpretive risk (…) Tiberghien alternated between a sizable, almost declamatory sound and an ethereal stage whisper."
Highlights for season 12/13 and beyond include debuts with the Seattle Symphony (Morlot), Cincinnati Symphony (Langrée), Rotterdam Philharmonic (Nézet-Séguin), City of Birmingham Symphony (Gardner), Brussels Philharmonic (Otaka), Orchestre National de Belgique (Aadland), Bremer Philharmoniker (Grams) as well as return engagements with the Orchestre National de France (Morlot), Seoul Philharmonic (Asian premiere of a new piano concerto by Tristan Murail), Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Strasbourg Philharmonic, Arnhem Philharmonic (Sieghart), and a complete Beethoven concerto cycle with the Orchestre National d’Ile de France (Mazzola).
Recital plans include several projects at the Wigmore Hall’s prestigious Master Series in London, debuts in Rome (Accademia Filarmonica), as well as return appearances in London’s International Piano Series, Tokyo’s Bunka Kaikan Hall and in Summer festivals throughout Europe.
Cédric Tiberghien’s most recent CD release features César Franck’s Symphonic Variations and Les Djinns, with the Liege Philharmonic conducted by François-Xavier Roth (Cyprès, April 2011). His discography also includes Brahms’s Concerto No.1 with the BBC Symphony and Jiri Belohlavek and six recital discs on Harmonia Mundi: Debussy, Beethoven Variations, Bach Partitas, Chopin and Brahms Ballades, Brahms Hungarian Dances, and a recital of Chopin Mazurkas.
Cédric Tiberghien studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Frédéric Aguessy and Gérard Frémy and was awarded the Premier Prix in 1992, aged just 17. He was then a prize winner at several major international piano competitions (Bremen, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Geneva, Milan), culminating with the 1st Prize at the prestigious Long-Thibaud Competition in Paris in 1998, alongside with five special awards, including the Audience Award and the Orchestra Award. This propelled on his international career, leading to over 150 engagements worldwide, including 7 visits to Japan and showcase appearances throughout Europe.
With over 60 concertos in his repertoire, Cédric Tiberghien has appeared with some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Boston Symphony, Washington National Symphony, Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Hallé Orchestra, Philharmonique de Radio-France, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre National de France, Sydney Symphony, Tokyo Philarmonic, New Japan Philharmonic, Gelders Orkest, Stuttgart Staatsorchester, Hamburger Philharmoniker and Dresden Philharmonic. His conductor collaborations include Christoph Eschenbach, Jiri Belohlavek, Lionel Bringuier, Robin Ticciati, Simone Young, Myung-Whun Chung, Kurt Masur, Ivan Fischer, Leif Segerstam, Louis Langrée, Yutaka Sado, and Jerzy Semkow among many others.
Cédric Tiberghien is also a dedicated chamber musician, with regular partners including violinist Alina Ibragimova, soprano Sophie Karthäuser and cellist Pieter Wispelwey. His passion for chamber music is reflected in numerous recordings – most recently a disc of songs with texts by Verlain, a Ravel/Lekeu disc (Hyperion), the complete works for violin and piano by Szymanowski (Hyperion), and the complete Beethoven violin sonatas (Wigmore Live).