Gautier Capuçon


Gautier Capuçon, who was born in 1981 in Chambéry (Rhône-Alpes), began playing cello at the age of five and later studied with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Paris before transferring to the master classes led by Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He won the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours André Navarra in Toulouse in 1999, the Nouveau Talent de l’Année Award at the Victoires de la Musique in 2001, and the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award  in 2004. Since then Gautier Capuçon has concertized regularly with the leading orchestras in Europe and the United States, working with such conductors as Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Andris Nelsons, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. In the 2016-17 season he performed as a soloist with the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics; the Chicago, London, and San Francisco Symphonies; and the Staatskapelle Dresden and Russian National Orchestra. In recent years he has additionally been a guest artist with the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. Gautier Capuçon devotes a major part of his artistic work to chamber music, performing together with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Lisa Batiashvili, Leonidas Kavakos, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet – as well as with his older brother, the violinist Renaud Capuçon. His regular piano partner is Frank Braley, with whom he has recorded the Beethoven sonatas, having also performed them together during the past season across Europe. Gautier Capuçon’s recordings have won the Diapason d’Or, the German Record Critics’ Prize, and four Echo Klassik Awards. He plays a cello built by Matteo Goffriller in 1701.

LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 18 March 2002 in the Brahms Double Concerto, which he performed with Renaud Capuçon and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Christoph-Mathias Mueller.

June 2017