Gautier Capuçon

Born in Chambéry 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.

Highlights of Mr. Capuçon’s 2014-15 season include European tours with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Oslo Philharmonic, and concerts with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony. Mr. Capuçon made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009, as a Shenson Young Artist.

Mr. Capuçon appears every year at the Verbier Festival and at Project Martha Argerich, Lugano, performing with many of the world’s leading artists. This season he presents his debut recital at the Barbican Centre with Nicholas Angelich, returns to Wigmore Hall with Frank Braley, and gives recitals in Paris and Tokyo with Yuja Wang.

Mr. Capuçon records exclusively for the Erato (Warner Classics) label. His recordings include the Dvořák Cello Concerto with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony and Paavo Järvi, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations and Prokofiev’s Sinfonia concertante with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, the Brahms Double Concerto with his brother Renaud Capuçon and the Mahler Youth Orchestra led by Myung-Whun Chung, and the Haydn cello concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding. He has recorded several discs of chamber music with Martha Argerich, Frank Braley, Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon and others, and the Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev cello sonatas with Gabriela Montero. His most recent releases include a recital disc of music by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Britten, and Carter 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. 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 First Cello Concerto.  

Gautier Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.

(May 2015)