Gautier Capuçon

Gautier  Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon

Performing each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, cellist Gautier Capuçon is also founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Acclaimed internationally for his expressive musicianship, his exuberant virtuosity, and the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, Mr. Capuçon is this season’s artist-in-residence at Lugano Musica. Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, he performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. Current projects include the world premiere of Michael Tabachnik’s cello concerto, Summer, and collaborations with Danny Elfman and Thierry Escaich. In the 2019-20 season he appears as soloist with such ensembles as the philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles, the Czech Republic, and Rotterdam; the St. Louis Symphony, Singapore Symphony, and Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; and the hr-Sinfonieorchester. He tours Europe and the U.S. with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig led by Andris Nelsons and the San Francisco Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. As a chamber musician, Mr. Capuçon performs on tour this season with Yuja Wang in such venues as the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, London’s Barbican Centre, and the Philharmonie in Paris, as well as with Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley, Jérôme Ducros, and Leonidas Kavakos. Other regular recital partners include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Artemis and Ébène quartets. Mr. Capuçon records exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), the most recent addition to his extensive discography being an album of Schumann works recorded live with Martha Argerich. His next album, recorded with Yuja Wang and due in December, features sonatas by Chopin and Franck. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich and Saint-Saëns, the complete Beethoven sonatas, and Schubert’s String Quintet. Mr. Capuçon also appears on screen and online in programs such as The Artist Academy, Prodiges, and Now Hear This; as of this fall he is a guest presenter on Radio Classique. In 2013, Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring him 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.