Biography

Renaud Capuçon

Current as of August 2022

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. He then studied in Berlin with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern. In 1997 Claudio Abbado appointed him concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, 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 Berlin, the Vienna and the New York Philharmonics, the London and Boston Symphony Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Orchestra della Scala, the Orchestre National de France, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of de Venezuela under such renowned conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Stéphane Denève, 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. Since the 2021/22 season, he has taken over as chief conductor and artistic director of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra.

Renaud Capuçon has amassed an extensive discography as an exclusive artist of Erato / Warner Classics. His latest CD, featuring Elgar’s Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Simon Rattle and the composer’s Violin Sonata with pianist Stephen Hough, was released in March 2021. 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 violin ‘Panette’ of 1737, which previously belonged to Isaac Stern.

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