Renaud Capuçon


Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de 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 awards, and then "Instrumental Soloist of the Year" in 2005. In 2006, he was awarded the Georges Enesco Prize by the Sacem.

Renaud Capuçon collaborates with the most prestigious conductors and orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Moscow Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Orchestre National de France, the New York Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras with such eminent conductors as Wolfgang Sowallisch, Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dhonanyi, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti ; He has premiered Pascal Dusapin's concerto with the Cologne Orchestra and is conducting a Brahms and Fauré cycle at the Musikverein in Vienna.

A passionate chamber musician, his partners include 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 has made numerous recordings. As a soloist, concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Berg, Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach are part of 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, purchased for him by the Italian Swiss Bank (BSI). He was promoted "Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite" in June 2011. He is the founder and artistic director of the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence and of the festival Les Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad, as well as professor of violin at the University of Music in Lausanne.


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