French violinist Renaud Capuçon was born in Chambéry in 1976 and began his musical education aged 14 at the Paris Conservatoire, where he won numerous awards during his five years of study. He then studied in Berlin with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern. In 1997 Claudio Abbado appointed him concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, where he worked with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst and Claudio Abbado for three years.
Renaud Capuçon has since established himself as one of the most important violinists working today. He has performed with leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Vienna and the New York Philharmonics, the London and Boston Symphony orchestras, the Orchestre de Paris, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestra della Scala, the Orchestre National de France, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar de Venezuela under such renowned conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Stéphane Dénève, Christoph von Dohnányi, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Long Yu, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, François-Xavier Roth, Lahav Shani, Robin Ticciati and Jaap van Zweden.
He has a great affinity with chamber music and has appeared at the Edinburgh, Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastián, Stresa, Tanglewood and Salzburg Festivals with Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Yefim Bronfman, Khatia Buniatishvili, Hélène Grimaud, Maria João Pires and Yuja Wang, as well as his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon. He has also represented France at prestigious international events, including performing with Yo-Yo Ma under the Arc de Triomphe for the official centenary commemoration of Armistice Day and playing for world leaders at the G7 Summit in Biarritz.
Renaud Capuçon is artistic director of the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence, which he founded in 2013, and in 2016 was appointed artistic director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. In 2017 he founded the Lausanne Soloists, comprised of current and former students of the Lausanne School of Music, where he has held a professorship since 2014. From the 2021/22 season, he will take over as chief conductor and artistic director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.
Renaud Capuçon has ammassed an extensive discography as an exclusive artist of Erato/Warner Classics. Recent releases include a recording of Beethoven’s ‘ghost’ and ‘archduke’ trios with Gautier Capuçon and Frank Braley (2020), Bach violin sonatas with David Fray (2019), Dvořák and Tchaikovsky trios with Lahav Shani and Kian Soltani live at Aix, Bartók’s two violin concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth (2018) as well as his album Cinema, featuring much loved selections from film scores, which was released to critical acclaim the same year. Further CD releases include works of Brahms and Berg with the Vienna Philharmonic and Daniel Harding and Debussy chamber music. His recording of contemporary concertos by Wolfgang Rihm, Pascal Dusapin and Bruno Mantovani was nominated for the French Victoires de la Musique in 2017 and won an Echo Klassik.
In 2011 Renaud Capuçon was appointed Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite and in 2016 Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. In March 2020, he published his first book, Mouvement perpétuel.
Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù ‘Panette’ violin of 1737, which previously belonged to Isaac Stern.