Gautier Capuçon

Born in Chambéry, France in 1981, Gautier Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Winner of the International André Navarra Prize, Mr. Capuçon was named New Talent of the Year by Victoires de la Musique in 2001; in 2004 he received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, since which time he has received several ECHO Klassik awards. He is also founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris.

In the 2016-17 season, Mr. Capuçon's return engagements include performances with the London Symphony, Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic, Russian National Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Munich Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the PKF–Prague Philharmonia (with whom he recently appeared on the SFS Great Performers Series). He also gives concerts in Japan, China, and Korea.  

In recent seasons he has performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony, and the Mariinsky Orchestra, as well as with the major orchestras of France. Mr. Capuçon made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009, as a Shenson Young Artist.

Mr. Capuçon appears annually at major halls and festivals worldwide alongside artists such as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros, Leonidas Kavakos, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Artemis and Ebène quartets. Forthcoming highlights include an extensive European recital tour of Beethoven sonatas with Frank Braley, supporting the international release of an album featuring the same repertory.

Mr. Capuçon records exclusively for the Erato (Warner Classics) label. His most recent releases include Shostakovich’s Cello Concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, and Schubert’s String Quintet with Quatuor Ebène. Previous recordings include a Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Britten, and Carter disc with Frank Braley, and Saint-Saëns’s First Cello Concerto and Muse et le poète with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Lionel Bringuier. He has also recorded chamber music with Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon, and Gabriela Montero. 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.

Gautier Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.

(February 2017)