Renaud Capuçon

Violin

Comes from Chambéry, France
Lives in Paris, France
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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, Capuçon was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest and Abbado himself.

Since this time, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He has played concerti with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and Robertson, the Boston Symphony under Dohnanyi, the Orchestre de Paris under Eschenbach and the Simon Bolivar orchestra under Dudamel. Capuçon also tours extensively as a solo recitalist and will perform complete cycles of the Beethoven violin sonatas with pianist Frank Braley around the world during the coming seasons.

Upcoming concerto engagements for Capucon include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra with Harding, City of Birmingham Symphony with Morlot, Philadelphia Orchestra with Bychkov, Chicago Symphony with Nezet-Seguin and Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Haitink.

Capuçon has a great commitment to performing chamber music and has worked with Argerich, Barenboim, Bronfman, Grimaud, Kovacevich, Pires, Pletnev, Repin, Bashmet and Mørk, as well as with his brother and regular collaborator cellist Gautier Capuçon. These collaborations have taken him to the festivals of Edinburgh, London (Mostly Mozart), Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastian, Stresa, Tanglewood and many others.

Capuçon records exclusively for Virgin Classics. His most recent recording was of Beethoven Sonatas for violin and piano with Frank Braley. He also recorded the Beethoven and Korngold concertos with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nezet-Seguin. Since 2007 Renaud Capucon has been an Ambassador for the Zegna & Music project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values.

Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI).
 

Education

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP), France

Studied with Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds

Berlin Academy of Arts, Germany

Studied with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern

Awards

"Rising Star", Victoires de la Musique

2000

"Nouveau talent de l’Année", Victoires de la Musique

2000

"Soliste instrumental de l’année", Victoires de la Musique

2005

Georges Enesco Prize

2006

Worked With

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Vladimir Jurowsky

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Daniel Harding

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Tugan Sokhiev

Conductor

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Robin Ticciati

Conductor

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Myung-Whun Chung

Conductor

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Christoph Eschenbach

Conductor, Piano

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Semyon Bychkov

Conductor

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Gustavo Dudamel

Conductor

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Charles Dutoit

Conductor

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Andris Nelsons

Conductor

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Mikhaïl Pletnev

Conductor, Piano

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Bernard Haitink

Conductor

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David Robertson

Conductor

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Daniel Barenboïm

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Yefim Bronfman

Piano

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Stephen Kovacevich

Piano

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Martha Argerich

Piano

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Maria João Pires

Piano

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Hélène Grimaud

Piano

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Yuri Bashmet

Violin

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Vadim Repin

Violin

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Seiji Ozawa

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Franz Welser-Moest

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Claudio Abbado

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Pierre Boulez

Conductor

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Truls Mørk

Cello

Performed At

Mostly Mozart Festival, United States of America

Edinburgh International Festival, United Kingdom

Verbier Festival, Switzerland

Lucerne Festival, Switzerland

Festival de La Roque-d'Anthéron, France

San Sebastián Musical Fortnight, Spain

Stresa Festival, Italy

Tanglewood Music and Arts Festival, United States of America

Works At

HEMU, Professor

Media

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