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Renaud Capuçon


Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris with Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds then with Thomas Brandis in Berlin and Isaac Stern. In 1998, Claudio Abbado chose him as konzertmeister of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester which allowed him to perfect his musical education with Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and Franz Welser-Möst. In 2000 he was named "Rising Star" and "New Talent of the Year" at the Victoires de la Musique then "Instrumental Soloist of the Year" in 2005. In 2006, the Georges Enesco Prize was awarded to him by Sacem.

Renaud Capuçon collaborates with the most prestigious conductors and orchestras such as the Berliner philharmoniker, the Paris orchestra, the Philadelphia orchestra, the Staatskapelle in Dresden, the Moscow orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the national orchestra of France, the New York Philharmonic, the symphonic and philharmonic orchestras of Vienna with eminent conductors such as Wolfgang Sowallisch, Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dhonanyi, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti; he created the Pascal Dusapin concerto with the Cologne orchestra and produced a Brahms and Fauré cycle at the Vienna Musikverein.

Passionate chamber musician, his partners are Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Maria Joao Pires, Frank Braley, Hélène Grimaud, Mischa Maisky, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gérard Caussé, Michel Dalberto and of course his brother Gautier with whom he engraved many recordings. As soloist, the concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Berg, Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach appear in his important catalog under the direction of Daniel Harding, Myung-Whun Chung, Louis Langrée, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Lionel Bringuier.

Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarnerius del Gesù "Panette" (1737) which belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Italian Swiss Bank (BSI). He was promoted to “Knight in the National Order of Merit” in June 2011. He is the founder and artistic director of the Easter festival of Aix-en-Provence and of the Les Sommets Musicaux festival in Gstaad, as well as violin teacher at the high school of music of Lausanne.

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