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, and 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 2017-18 season, Mr. Capuçon appears as soloist across Europe, the US, and Asia with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Vienna Symphony, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, National Centre for Performing Arts Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony, and as part of the Verbier Festival with Gabor Takacz. Other concert highlights include return engagements with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Philharmonia Orchestra. He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009, as a Shenson Young Artist.

As a recital and chamber musician, Mr. Capuçon appears annually in major halls and festivals worldwide. Highlights this season include a return to Carnegie Hall with Daniil Trifonov, an extensive international duo recital tour with pianist Jérôme Ducros, and performances at the Verbier Festival with Lisa Batiashvili, Christoph Eschenbach, Janine Jansen, Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang, and Tabea Zimmermann.  

Mr. Capuçon records exclusively for the Erato (Warner Classics) label. His most recent releases include Beethoven sonatas with Frank Braley, Shostakovich’s cello concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev, and Schubert’s String Quintet with Quatuor Ébène. 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. His most recent album Intuition, recorded with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Boyd, and pianist Jérôme Ducros will be released next month.

Gautier Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.

(May 2018)