Biography

Cello

GAUTIER CAPUÇON was born in Chambéry, France, began playing cello at the age of five, studied at the Paris Conservatory, and now performs internationally with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists. He is founder and leader of Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris and is a passionate ambassador for the Orchestre à l’École Association, which brings classical music to more than 40,000 school children across France. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, “L’Ambassadeur.” He made his San Francisco Symphony debut in 2009, as a Shenson Young Artist.

In summer 2020, Mr. Capuçon brought music directly into the lives of families across France through his musical odyssey, Un été en France. He renewed the project in 2021, taking twenty-seven students on the road for nineteen concerts in a variety of towns and cities, showcasing both young musicians and young dancers.

Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, Mr. Capuçon performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. His current projects include collaborations with composers Lera Auerbach, Richard Dubugnon, Danny Elfman, and Thierry Escaich.

In the 2021–22 season, Mr. Capuçon appears with the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, and Mariinsky Orchestra, among others. He is Artist-in-Residence at the Paris Philharmonie as well as at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In addition, he plays at festivals worldwide, including the Enescu, Rostropovich, Prague Spring, Saint Denis, and Evian festivals.

Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Mr. Capuçon has amassed an extensive discography. His latest album, Emotions, reached gold status in France, remaining at No. 1 in the charts for more than thirty weeks and selling more than 50,000 copies.

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