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Gautier Capuçon

Cello

About this Artist

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st-century ambassador for the cello. Performing internationally with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller “L’Ambassadeur”cello.

Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, Capuçon performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. His current projects include performing the world premiere of Tabachnik’s cello concerto Summer and collaborations with Danny Elfman and Thierry Escaich.

In the 2019/20 season, Capuçon appears with, amongst others, the philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles under Philippe Jordan, Czech Republic under Semyon Bychkov, and Rotterdam under Valery Gergiev; the symphony orchestras of St. Louis under Stéphane Denève, Singapore under Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Bavarian Radio under Gianandrea Noseda; and with hr-Sinfonieorchester under Alain Altinoglu. He tours Europe and the U.S. with the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester under Andris Nelsons and with San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas, and he is Artist-in-Residence at Lugano Musica.

As a chamber musician, this season he performs on tour with Yuja Wang in venues such as Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Barbican Centre in London, and the Philharmonie in Paris, as well as with Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley, Jérôme Ducros, and Leonidas Kavakos. Other regular recital partners include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Artemis and Ébène quartets.

Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Capuçon has won multiple awards and holds an extensive discography. His latest album of Schumann works was recorded live with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Bernard Haitink. Capuçon’s latest album, released in December 2019, was recorded with Yuja Wang and features sonatas by Chopin and Franck. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich (Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev) and Saint-Saëns (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Lionel Bringuier); the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Frank Braley; Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet; and Intuition, an album of encores recorded with the Paris Chamber Orchestra under Douglas Boyd and featuring Jérôme Ducros.

Capuçon has been featured on DVD in live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Gustavo Dudamel (Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1) and with Lisa Batiashvili, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and Christian Thielemann (Brahms Double Concerto). A household name in his native France, he also appears on screen and online in shows such as Prodiges, Now Hear This, and The Artist Academy, and since autumn 2019 is a guest presenter on Radio Classique.

Born in Chambéry, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He now performs with the world’s leading orchestras; works with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and collaborates with contemporary composers, including Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Bryce Dessner, Jérôme Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann.