Gautier Capuçon

French Cellist (b.1981, Chambéry)

Gauthier Capuçon is one of the most sought-after French cellists of his generation. He has collaborated with some of the greatest performers of our time.

Gautier Capuçon began learning the cello at the age of 4; he studied with Annie Cochet-Zakine and Philippe Muller, before going on to further study with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He also further honed his playing with the European Union Youth Orchestra conducted by Bernard Haitink, and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester conducted by Kent Nagano, Daniele Gatti, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado. He has won several international competitions, including the Grand Prix at the André Navarra International Competition in Toulouse. Capuçon has collaborated with a number of conductors including Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel (with the Berlin Philharmonic), Charles Dutoit (with the Chicago, Philadelphia and Boston Symphony) Christoph Eschenbach (with the Staatskapelle, Dresden), Valery Gergiev (with the London Symphony), and Bernard Haitink (with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe).

Gauthier Capuçon has played with sister, an amateur pianist, and his elder brother Renaud, from a very young age and developed a passion for chamber music. He still very often plays with his brother and regularly participates in festivals such as the Lugano Festival. He also regularly performs with musicians such as Yuri Bashmet, Hélène Grimaud, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Angelika Kirchschlager, Viktoria Mullova, Mikhail Pletnev, Stephen Kovacevich, Menahem Pressler, Vadim Repin, Antoine Tamestit, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Maxim Vengerov, as well as the Artemis and Ébène quartets.

He has been greatly inspired by the work of French composer Henri Dutilleux and frequently performs his work. 

Six Key Recordings by Gauthier Capuçon :

Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven (DVD live)
with the Berlin Philharmonic
conductor : Gustavo Dudamel
 DG 2012

Fauré : Chamber music for String Instruments and Piano
 with Renaud Capuçon, Gérard Caussé, Quatuor Ebène, Nicholas Angelich, Michel Dalberto
 Virgin Classics, 2011

Prokofiev : Symphonia concertante, Tchaikovsky : Rococo Variations
with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, Valery Gergiev
 Virgin Classics, ​2010

Brahms : Double concerto for Violon & Cello, Quintet for Clarinet and Strings
 with Renaud Capuçon, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester and Myung-Whun Chung, Paul Meyer, Quatuor Capuçon
 Virgin Classics, ​2007

’Inventions’, Duos for Violon & Cello by Bach, Eisler, Beffa, Bartók, Klein, Kreisler….
with Renaud Capuçon
 Virgin Classics, 2006

Trios by Haydn and Mendelssohn
with Martha Argerich et Renaud Capuçon
 EMI Classic

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