Gautier Capuçon is a 21st-century ambassador for the cello. He performs internationally with the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists and is founder and leader of Paris’s Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton and an ambassador for the Orchestre à l'École Association, which brings classical music to more than 40,000 schoolchildren across France. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity and the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, “L’Ambassadeur.”
In summer 2020, mid-pandemic, he brought music directly into the lives of families across France during his musical odyssey Un Été en France. His new edition for summer 2021 takes 27 students along with him on the road for 19 concerts in a variety of towns and cities, showcasing both young musicians and young dancers through his concert presentations.
Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, Mr. Capuçon performs an array of works each season and regularly premieres commissions. His current projects include collaborations with Lera Auerbach, Richard Dubugnon, Danny Elfman, and Thierry Escaich.
In 2021–22 he appears with, among others, the Vienna, Munich, and New York philharmonic orchestras, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Mariinsky Orchestra. He is artist-in-residence at the Paris Philharmonie and Wiener Konzerthaus, and plays at festivals worldwide including the Enescu, Rostropovich, Prague Spring, St. Denis, and Evian.
Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Gautier Capuçon has won multiple awards for his extensive discography. His latest album, Emotions (November 2020) includes works by Debussy, Schubert, and Elgar; it reached gold status in France, topping the charts for more than 30 weeks and selling more than 50,000 copies.