March 20, 2013
A young star in the cello firmament
Since winning the French Victoires de la Musique as “New Talent of the Year” in 2001 Gautier Capuçon has quickly established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation. Born in Chambéry, France in 1981, Gautier Capuçon was four and a half years old when he began to study the cello at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Chambéry. He studied in Paris at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, as well as Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. In addition to numerous first and second place prizes in international competitions, Gautier won the Cello and Chamber Music Prize at the Conservatoire in June 2000 and received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award in 2004. His musical experiences progressed greatly while playing in the European Community Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, as he was afforded opportunities to work with Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado, with whom he has taken part in two European tours.
In the 2011-2012 season, Mr. Capuçon will make his debut with Chicago Symphony, under the baton of Charles Dutoit. He will also debut with Symphonies of Boston and Montreal, and return for performances with National Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Mr. Capuçon will debut with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (Europa Konzert) with Gustavo Dudamel and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev.
Mr. Capuçon’s 2010-2011 season included a special tour with pianist Gabriela Montero featuring works from their recording, Rhapsody, in Montreal, New York City, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Seattle, Kansas City and Calgary, AB. Mr. Capuçon made his debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Lionel Bringuier, where he returned only months later for a performance of Brahms Violin and Cello Concerto with Renaud Capuçon and Maestro Gustavo Dudamel. He also returned to the San Francisco Symphony for a performance of Tout un monde lontain by Dutilleux with Charles Dutoit.
Recent highlights include performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit, as the National Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, the London Proms with the Radio France Philharmonic and Myung-Whun Chung, the Orchestre de Paris with Paavo Järvi at Pleyel Paris and Musikverein Vienna, and the Dresden Philharmonie, to name just a few. In August 2008, Mr. Capuçon collaborated with his brother Renaud, Martha Argerich and Gustavo Dudamel at the Salzburg Festival, performing Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, which was recorded for a live DVD.
Mr. Capuçon has given recitals in major cities such as Berlin, Brussels, London, Paris, and Vienna and has appeared at numerous important festivals such as Salzburg, Lucerne, London Mostly Mozart, Schwarzenberg, Montreux, Berlin, Verbier, Davos, Jerusalem, Lockenhaus, etc… He appears regularly at the “Martha Argerich Festival” in Lugano and has performed at La Côte Basque Festival. A dedicated chamber musician, Mr. Capuçon performs with Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Frank Braley, Gérard Caussé, Myung-Whun Chung, Michel Dalberto, Hélène Grimaud, Leonidas Kavakos, Angelika Kirschlager, Stephen Kovacevich, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Gabriela Montero, Menahem Pressler, Vadim Repin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang, Maxime Vengerov. Lilya Zilberstein, Nikolaj Znaider, Ebene and Ysaye Quartets, and his brother Renaud.
As an international orchestral soloist, Mr. Capuçon has toured France, Switzerland and Germany with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, Semyon Bychkov and Bernard Haitink. He has also performed with Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, WDR Cologne, City of Birmingham Orchestra, and NHK Symphony, in addition to the Royal Philharmonic, Bayerische Rundfunk Orchester, Monte Carlo Philharmonic, Academy of St-Martin-in the Fields, Roma Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Mr. Capuçon's first recording with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev in the new Concert Hall in St. Petersburg was released in 2010 and features Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante. His highly anticipated recording of the Dvořák and Herbert cello concertos, released in February 2009, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Paavo Järvi, was named Gramophone Magazine Editor’s Choice in the April 2009 issue. His January 2008 release of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff Sonatas with pianist Gabriella Montero, entitled Rhapsody, received the following praise from String Magazine: “It is hard to imagine a more deeply felt, compellingly projected performance of these works. Both players are masters of their instruments.” Additional recordings include the Haydn Cello Concertos; a disc of 20th-century works for cello and violin, with his brother Renaud, entitled Face à Face; and Schubert’s Trout Piano Quintet, which was hailed as the February 2005 Disc of the Month by Classic FM.
Since 2007 Gautier Capuçon has been an Ambassador for Zegna & Music project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values.
The acquisition of Mr. Capuçon’s Dominique Peccatte bow was made possible in part by the Colas Group.
Gautier Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriler cello.