Renaud Capuçon

Debut with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra: October 19, 2011

A dizzying freedom and vitality of play

Capuçon has built an extensive discography and records exclusively with Erato/Warner Classics. His recent releases include a recording of Bartok’s two violin concertos with the LSO/Roth, Brahms and Berg with the VPO/Harding, and chamber music by Debussy. His latest recording “Au Cinema” of popular film scores will be released in October 2018. His latest album, “Un violin à Paris,” recorded with Guillaume Bellom and due for release in November 2021, features a wide selection of shorter works arranged for violin and piano.

Since then, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist of the highest caliber. He performs with leading orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, 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 numerous conducting relationships include Gergiev, Barenboim, Bychkov, Dénève, Dohnanyi, Dudamel, Eschenbach, Haitink, Harding, Paavo Järvi, Nelsons, Nézet-Seguin, Roth, Shani, Ticciati, van Zweden and Long Yu.

His strong commitment to chamber music has led him to collaborate with Argerich, Angelich, Barenboim, Bashmet, Bronfman, Buniatishvili, Grimaud, Hagen, Ma, Pires, Trifonov and Yuja Wang, as well as with his brother, They have taken him to the festivals of Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastián, Stresa, Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Tanglewood, among others. Capuçon has also represented France at some of the most prestigious international events: He performed with Yo-Yo Ma under the Arc de Triomphe at the official Armistice Day commemoration in the presence of more than 80 heads of state, and played for heads of state and government at the G7 Summit in Biarritz.

Capuçon has been artistic director of two festivals since 2016, the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, which he founded in 2013. Starting with the 2021/22 season, Capuçon will also be artistic director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne; his first recording with the ensemble, titled “Tabula Rasa,” to be released in September 2021, is an album dedicated to the music of Arvo Pärt.

In 2017, Capuçon founded a new ensemble, the Lausanne Soloists, composed 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 named “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French government and “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” in March 2016.

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