Born in Chambéry, France in 1981, Gautier Capuçon was four-and-a-half years old when he began to study the cello at the École Nationale de Musique de Chambéry. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris, as well as with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Mr. Capuçon won the Cello and Chamber Music Prize at the Conservatoire in 2000 and was named the New Talent of the Year by the French Victoires de la Musique in 2001. He received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award in 2004. He also played in the European Community Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester.
Highlights of Mr. Capuçon's 2012-13 season include an appearance with his brother, violinist Renaud Capuçon, and the Chicago Symphony in Brahms’s Double Concerto; and performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Charles Dutoit and the Seattle Symphony with David Afkham. Last season Mr. Capuçon debuted with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, and Montreal, and also gave performances with the National Symphony and the Philadelphia Orchestra. In Europe, Mr. Capuçon debuted with the Berlin Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel and with the London Symphony and Valery Gergiev. He also embarked on a tour of China with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under Juanjo Mena. Recent seasons have included performances with the Cincinnati Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, National Symphony, and a tour of North America with the Capuçon-Angelich Trio. Mr. Capuçon made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009, as a Shenson Young Artist.
Mr. Capuçon records exclusively for Virgin Classics. His recording of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variationsand Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev was released in 2010.A recording of the Dvořák and Herbert cello concertos, released in 2009, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Paavo Järvi, was named Gramophone Magazine’s Editor’s Choice in April 2009. In 2008 he released a disc of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff sonatas with pianist Gabriela Montero, entitled Rhapsody. Additional recordings include a collection of the Haydn cello concertos; a disc of twentieth-century works for cello and violin, with his brother Renaud, entitled Face à Face; and Schubert’s Trout Quintet, named Classic FM’s Disc of the Month in February 2005.
Mr. Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, with a bow by Dominique Peccatte, made possible in part by the Colas Group.