Renaud Capuçon

Renaud Capuçon

Renaud Capuçon was born in Chambéry in 1976. He began studying at the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of 14 and won numerous awards over the five years of his studies. He then moved to Berlin to enrich his training experience with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern. In 1997 he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra and worked here for three summers under the orchestra and conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and Franz Welser-Möst.

Since then, Renaud Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the highest level.

He played concerts with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Haitink and Robertson, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Dohnányi, the Orchester de Paris under Eschenbach and Paavo Järvi, the Orchester Philharmonic de Radio France and the Filarmonica della Scala Milano under Chung, the Orchester National de France under Gatti and Gergiev, as well as with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra under Dudamel.

Most recently he was in concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra under François-Xavier Roth, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Jaap van Zweden, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Matthias Pintscher and the Camerata Salzburg with Robin Ticciati experience.

As a chamber music partner, Renaud Capuçon is also highly valued internationally and works with artists such as Argerich, Angelich, Barenboim, Bronfman, Wang, Buniatishvili, Grimaud, Pires, Pletnev, Repin, Bashmet and Mørk as well as with his brother, the cellist Gautier Capuçon. Together with them he made music at festivals in Edinburgh, Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastián, Stresa, Tanglewood and Salzburg.

Renaud Capuçon also directs various ensembles such as the Camerata Salzburg, the Festival Strings Lucerne and the Basel Chamber Orchestra. He is co-founder and Artistic Director of Easter in Aix-en-Provence and was appointed Artistic Director of Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad in 2016. Since 2014 he has also been teaching violin at the University of Music in Lausanne.

Renaud Capuçon has an exclusive contract with Erato / Warner Classics and can already refer to an extensive discography. More recent publications include concerts by Bach and Vasks as conductor and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and concerts by Brahms and Berg with the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Harding. His latest chamber music recording with Khatia Buniatishvili is dedicated to sonatas by Franck, Grieg and Dvořák. His recording of Fauré's complete chamber music for strings with Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capuçon, Michel Dalberto, Gérard Caussé and the Ebène Quartet won the Echo Klassik in 2012. His album "Le Violon Roi" received the "Disque d’Or" and his latest recording of contemporary concerts by Rihm, Dusapin and Mantovani received the Echo Klassik Prize in 2017 and was nominated as the best recording by the French Victoires de la Musique.
Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù "Panette" (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern. In June 2011 she was awarded the French National Order of Merit and in March 2016 he was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honor.

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