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Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon

*3 IX 1981 Chambéry

Gautier Capuçon is widely recognised as one of the foremost cellists of his generation. Born in Chambéry in 1981, he began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. The winner of many major international competitions, including the International André Navarra Prize, Capuçon was named ‘New Talent of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique in 2001. He has since won a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and several Echo Klassik awards.

He performs regularly as a soloist with major orchestras worldwide and is a favourite of conductors at the highest level, including Gergiev, Dudamel, Bychkov, Haitink, Chung, Dutoit, Eschenbach and Nézet-Séguin. In the 2012/13 season, he has returned to orchestras such as the LA Philharmonic, Seattle and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed recital and chamber repertoire in major halls around the globe, including in New York, Washington, Tokyo, Paris (Salle Pleyel), London (Wigmore and Queen Elizabeth Halls), Moscow (Great Hall), Madrid (Auditorium Nacional), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw) and Vienna (Musikverein).

Capuçon appears regularly in major European festivals, and every year at the Verbier Festival and the Project Martha Argerich, Lugano, performing with leading artists such as Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Frank Braley, Gérard Causse, Myung-Whun Chung, Jérôme Ducros, Hélène Grimaud, Angelika Kirchschlager, Katia & Marielle Labeque, Mikhail Pletnev, Leonidas Kavakos, Stephen Kovacevich, Gabriela Montero, Viktoria Mullova, Menahem Pressler, Vadim Repin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maxim Vengerov, Yuja Wang and his brother Renaud. Under an exclusive contract with Virgin Classics, his recordings have included the Dvořák Concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (Järvi), Tchaikovsky’s ‘Rococo’ Variations and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Mariinsky Theatre (Gergiev), Brahms’s Double Concerto with his brother Renaud and the Mahler Youth Orchestra (Chung), and the Haydn cello concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (Harding). He has recorded several discs of chamber music, including the piano trios of Mendelssohn and Haydn with Martha Argerich and Renaud, and the piano trios of Brahms, Schubert and Ravel with Renaud, Frank Braley, Nicholas Angelich and others.

Since 2007, he has been an Ambassador for the Zegna & Music project, founded in 1997 to promote music and its values. He performed in the ‘Chopin and his Europe’ festival in 2009 and 2013.


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