Gautier Capuçon was born in 1981 in Chambéry and began playing the cello at age 4 1/2. He has studied under Annie Cochet-Zakine and Philippe Muller, and later under Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He has received first prizes at several international competitions, including First Grand Prize at the International André Navarra Cello Competition in Toulouse. In 2001, he was named New Talent of the Year at the French awards ceremony Victoires de la Musique. He is the winner of several Echo Classics Awards, the most recent of which recognised a recording he made with Gergiev for a compilation of Fauré's chamber music (2012).
Gautier Capuçon has performed in major festivals in Europe and the USA (Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, Salzburg, London Proms, etc.) with the most illustrious orchestras from around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. He regularly collaborates with L. Bringuier, M-W Chung, G. Dudamel, C. Dutoit, S. Bychkov, L. Slatkin, and V. Gergiev, among others.
Gautier Capuçon has also performed recitals in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Vienna, New York, Washington and Tokyo, as well as chamber music at major festivals across Europe, such as his annual performances at the Verbier Festival and the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. His chamber partners include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Frank Braley, Hélène Grimaud, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Vadim Repin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang, the Artemis quartet and Ebène, among others.
Highlights of the 2014-2015 season: a European tour with the London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner and with the Oslo Philharmonic/Petrenko, as well as performances with the Orchestre de Paris/Zinman, the Leipzig Gewandhaus/Krivine, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Orozco-Esdrada, the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Dudamel, and the Boston Symphony/Nelsons.
Discography: Around 20 recordings under Warner Classics & Erato, for whom he records exclusively. His latest releases include a recital with Frank Braley and Saint-Saëns with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Lionel Bringuier.
Since 2007, Gautier Capuçon has served as the ambassador of the Zegna & Music Project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values. He created the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (Cello Excellence Class) in October 2014 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which will be held in the new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry.
Gautier Capuçon playing a Matteo Goffriller cello built in 1701. www.gautiercapucon.com