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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 the Konzertmeister of 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 of 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 Vienna Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras 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 premiered Pascal Dusapin's concerto with the Cologne orchestra and performed a Brahms and Fauré cycle at the Musikverein in Vienna.

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 Banque Suisse Italienne (BSI). He was promoted to “Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite” in June 2011. He is the founder and artistic director of the Aix-en-Provence Easter festival and the Les Sommets Musicaux festival in Gstaad, as well as a violin teacher at the Lausanne University of Music.