Renaud Capucon


Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon has been studying at the Conservatoire national supérieur de musique de Paris with Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds, then with Thomas Brandis in Berlin and with Isaac Stern. In 1998, Claudio Abbado selected him as the konzertmeister of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, an opportunity to refine his music education with Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and Franz Welser-Möst. In 2000 he was appointed Rising Star and Nouveau talent de l’Année at the Victoires de la musique, then Soliste instrumental de l’année in 2005. In 2006, he received the Georges Enesco Prize by Sacem.

Renaud Capuçon has been collaborating with the most prestigious conductors and orchestras, such as the Berliner philharmoniker, the Orchestre de Paris, the Philadelphia orchestra, the Staatskapelle of Dresde, the Moscow Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Gewandhaus Orchester, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, the Orchestre national de France, the New York Philharmonic, the Symphonic and Philarmonic orchestras of Vienna with distinguished conductors such as Wolfgang Sowallisch, Kurt Masur, Christoph von Dhonanyi, Myung-Whun Chung, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Daniele Gatti; he has created the Concerto by Pascal Dusapin with the Orchestra of Cologne and performed a Brahms and Fauré cycle at the Musikverein of Vienna.

Partners of this passionate chamber musician are Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Maria Joao Pires, Frank Braley, Hélène Grimaud, Mischa Maisky, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gérard Caussé, Michel Dalberto and certainly his brother Gautier, joining him in various recordings. As a soloist, he performed the concertos by Beethoven, Brahms, Berg, Dutilleux, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Bach under the conduction of Daniel Harding, Myung-Whun Chung, Louis Langrée, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Lionel Bringuier.

Renaud Capuçon plays a Guarnerius del Gesù known as “Panette” (1737), which belonged to Isaac Stern, and bought for him by the Banque Suisse Italienne (BSI). He was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite in June 2011. He is the founder and artistic director of the Easter Festival of Aix-en-Provence and the Festival Les Sommets Musicaux of Gstaad, as well as violin professor at the Haute école de musique of Lausanne.