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Renaud Capuçon

Renaud Capuçon

Renaud Capuçon

*1976 Chambéry

Renaud Capuçon - born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon started his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 1990, under Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds, and gained first place for chamber music in 1992 and first place for violin with a special distinction from the jury in 1993. In 1995 he won the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. He continued his studies under Thomas Brandis in Berlin, and later under Isaac Stern. Taking up an invitation in 1997 from Claudio Abbado, he gained further musical experience as konzertmeister of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester during three summers with Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest and, of course, Claudio Abbado. In 2000 he was named Rising Star and New Talent of the Year at the French Victoires de la Musique awards ceremony, and in 2005 Instrumental Soloist of the Year, also at the Victoires de la Musique.

In November 2002 he made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink and in July 2004 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Christoph von Dohnányi. With the Orchestre de Paris and Christoph Eschenbach he toured China in November 2004 and Germany in February 2005.

Renaud Capuçon has performed as soloist with many prestigious orchestras: the Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester of Munich, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin, Bamberger Symphoniker, Hessischer Rundfunk, the orchestras of NDR Hamburg and WDR Köln, Montreal Symphony, Houston Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, orchestras of Bordeaux, Lille, Lyons, Monte Carlo, and Toulouse, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Tchaikovsky Orchestra of Moscow Radio, Danish Royal Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, City of Birmingham Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Firenze Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of La Scala in Milan, Santa Cecilia Orchestra of Rome, Tokyo Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, and the chamber orchestras of Lausanne and Zurich, under such conductors as Roberto Abbado, Marc Albrecht, Christian Arming, Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Thomas Dausgaard, Charles Dutoit, Frans Brüggen, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Vladimir Fedosseyev, Ivan Fischer, Hans Graf, Daniel Harding, Gunther Herbig, Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Jesus Lopez Cobos, Kurt Masur, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, David Robertson, Michael Schonwandt, Leif Segerstram, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Pinchas Steinberg and Hugh Wolff.

Renaud Capuçon has performed chamber music with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Elena Bashkirova, Hélène Grimaud, Yefim Bronfman, Myung-Whun Chung, Stephen Kovacevich, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Mikhail Pletnev, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Vadim Repin, Yuri Bashmet, Truls Mork and Paul Meyer. He has made guest appearances at prestigious festivals: London's Mostly Mozart, and also festivals in Edinburgh, Berlin, Lockenhaus, Ludwigsburg, Rheingau, Schwarzenberg, Jerusalem, Stavanger, Lucerne, Verbier, Canarias, San Sebastian, Stresa, Brescia-Bergamo, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d'Anthéron, Menton, Saint-Denis, Strasbourg, Tanglewood and others.

Discography: Schumann's Piano Quintet with M. J. Pires, A. Dumay, G. Caussé and J. Wang (DGG), Mendelssohn and Haydn trios and the Triple Concerto by Beethoven with Martha Argerich (EMI). As an exclusive Virgin Classics artist: a Schubert recital, Berlioz/Saint-Saëns/Milhaud/Ravel with Daniel Harding and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, chamber music by Ravel with Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley, duos with his brother; the Dutilleux Concerto with the Radio France Philharmonic under Myung-Whun Chung (Grand Prix de l'Académie Charles Cros, Choc de la Musique, Diapason d'Or, Fonoforum/Sterne des Monates), chamber music by Saint-Saëns, Brahms Trios with Gautier Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich (Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik), Schubert's 'Trout' Quartet, Mendelssohn/Schumann concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Brahms Violin Sonatas with Nicholas Angelich (Gramophone/Editor Choice-Scherzo/Excepcional-Diapason d'Or-Choc/Monde de la Musique).

Renaud Capuçon plays the 'Panette' instrument of Guarneri del Gesù (1737), that formerly belonged to Isaac Stern. It was purchased for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI).


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