Gautier Capuçon is a 21st-century ambassador for the cello. Each season he performs with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, and he is the founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.
In the 2018–19 season Mr. Capuçon is artist-in-residence with Orquesta de Valencia. He and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet premiere Richard Dubugnon’s Eros Athanatos, a concerto for cello and piano, with the West Australia, Antwerp, and WDR symphony orchestras and Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France. He performs as soloist with the New York, Los Angeles, Munich, and Czech Republic philharmonic orchestras; Chicago, NHK, and Sydney symphony orchestras; and Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Orchestre de Paris. As a chamber musician, he performs with violinist Lisa Batiashvili and Mr. Thibaudet on a European tour, and appears with recital partners Frank Braley, Gabriela Montero, and Yuja Wang, as well as Mr. Thibaudet at Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Aix en Provence, and Vienna’s Musikverein.
Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Mr. Capuçon’s award-winning discography includes his latest album, Intuition, released in 2018 and recorded with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, Douglas Boyd, and Jérôme Ducros. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich and Saint-Saëns, the complete Beethoven sonatas with Mr. Braley, and Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet. An album of music by Schumann, will be released in January 2019. He appears on screen and online in programs including The Artist Academy, Prodiges and Now Hear This, and in 2013 Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring Mr. Capuçon as soloist with the Berlin Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1.
Born in Chambéry, Gautier Capuçon began playing the cello at age five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.
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