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RENAUD CAPUÇON

violin
Biography

French violinist Renaud Capuçon is firmly established internationally as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. He is known and loved for his poise, depth of tone and virtuosity, and he works with the world’s most prestigious orchestras, artists, venues and festivals.

Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numerous awards during his five years there. Following this, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concert master of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors including Boulez, Ozawa, Welser-Möst and Claudio Abbado.

Since then, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He performs with leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Vienna Philharmonic (VPO), London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Filarmonica della Scala, Boston Symphony and New York Philharmonic. His many conductor relationships include Gergiev, Barenboim, Bychkov, Dénève, Dohnanyi, Dudamel, Eschenbach, Haitink, Harding, Paavo Järvi, Nelsons, Nézet-Seguin, Roth, Shani, Ticciati, van Zweden and Long Yu. Highlights of the 2018/19 season include performances with the Wiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de Paris, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Camerata Salzburg, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, New York Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony and a tour of Europe with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

A great commitment to chamber music has led him to collaborations with Argerich, Angelich, Barenboim, Bashmet, Bronfman, Buniatishvili, Grimaud, Hagen, Ma, Pires, Trifonov and Yuja Wang, as well as with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and have taken him, among others, to the Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastián, Stresa, Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Tanglewood festivals. He is also the Artistic Director of two festivals, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad, since 2016, and the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, which he founded in 2013.

He has built an extensive discography and records exclusively with Erato/Warner Classics. Recent releases include a recording of Bartok’s two violin concerti with the LSO / Roth, Brahms and Berg with the VPO / Harding, and chamber music of Debussy. His latest recording, ‘Au Cinema’, featuring much loved selections from film music, releases in October 2018.

In 2017, Capuçon founded a new ensemble, the Lausanne Soloists, comprised of current and former students of the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, where he has held a professorship since 2014. He plays the Guarneri del Gesù ‘Panette’ (1737), which belonged to Isaac Stern. In June 2011 he was appointed ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite’ and in March 2016 ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur’ by the French Government.


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17 July 2019 CAPUÇON, SCHIFF
Concerts
Renaud Capuçon & András Schiff play Debussy & Schumann
25 July 2018 VERBIER FESTIVAL
Concerts
The Verbier Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary — Part 2
17 July 2014 RENAUD CAPUÇON
Concerts
Renaud Capuçon plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
28 July 2013 VERBIER FESTIVAL
Concerts
The Verbier Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary
17 July 2013 GÁBOR TAKÁCS-NAGY
Concerts
Antonín Dvořák in Verbier
20 July 2012 DUTOIT, CAPUÇON BROTHERS & HONECK
Concerts
Dutoit, the Capuçon brothers & Honeck perform Brahms
26 July 2011 ARGERICH, BUNIATISHVILI, GITLIS, GOERNER. WANG, RENAUD & GAUTIER CAPUÇON
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The Verbier Festival celebrates Martha Argerich
16 July 2010 HARDING & DUTOIT
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Harding & Dutoit conduct Prokofiev, Britten & Stravinsky
23 July 2007 ARGERICH, FREIRE, CAPUÇON
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Argerich, Freire & Capuçon play Bartók
21 July 2007 CAPUÇON, BASHKIROVA
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Capuçon & Bashkirova play Ravel, Beethoven & Janáček