"Capucelli" - Gautier Capuçon Concert

© Anoush Abrar

26 November 2022 – 8:30pm

Gautier Capuçon & 6 laureates of "La Classe d’Excellence de violoncelle"

Continuing his dedication to his Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle, which he has directed for seven years at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Gautier Capuçon is joining forces with six past laureates, all classes combined, to form a unique cello ensemble named “Capucelli.” Recorded for release in the fall of 2022 on the Warner Classics label, the “Capucelli” ensemble’s programme will be featured on an international tour to begin after this concert.

They will present a set of works for seven cellos – arrangements and transcriptions by Piazzolla, Tchaikovsky, Bartók, Dvořák, Bizet –, as well as creations and commissions from the Fondation to renowned composers such as Bryce Dessner, Guillaume Connesson and Bruno Mantovani, who will join the ensemble at this performance to conduct his composition.


Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing internationally with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also a passionate ambassador for the Orchestre à l'École Association which brings classical music to more than 40,000 school children across France. In January 2022 Gautier Capuçon launched his own Foundation to support young and talented musicians at the beginning of their career and increasing his commitment to young artists. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello “L’Ambassadeur”.

In summer 2020, mid-pandemic, Capuçon brought music directly into the lives of families across the length and breadth of France, free of charge, during his musical odyssey ‘Un été en France’. During July 2022, for the third edition of this project, he performs 15 concerts across the nation including Autun, Clairveaux, Eauz, and his hometown of Chambéry. He also showcases 14 young musicians and 8 young dancers within his concert presentations.


Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, Capuçon performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. Current projects include collaborations with Lera Auerbach, Danny Elfman and Thierry Escaich.


In the 2022/23 season, Capuçon appears with, amongst others, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Manfred Honeck), San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Marie Jacquot), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Andris Nelsons), NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (Pablo Heras-Casado), Munich Philharmonic (Lorenzo Viotti), Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (Christoph Eschenbach), Orchestre de Paris (Klaus Mäkelä), and Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Semyon Bychkov). He is the Curating Artist at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, and in addition, Capuçon plays at Festivals worldwide, including the Salzburg, Grafenegg, and Verbier Festivals.


In recital, Capucon pairs regularly with Frank Braley and Jérôme Ducros – while other chamber music partners include Nikolai Lugansky and Gabriela Montero as well as Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Renaud Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, Andreas Ottensamer, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, the Labèque sisters and the Artemis, Ébène and Hagen quartets.


Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Capuçon has won multiple awards and holds an extensive discography. His latest album Sensations is due to be released in Autumn 2022, exploring short pieces from a range of different genres. His album of romantic works by Brahms and Rachmaninoff in collaboration with Andreas Ottensammer and Yuja Wang is also released in Autumn 2022 by Deutsche Grammophon. 2020’s Warner Classics album Emotions features music from composers such as Debussy, Schubert and Elgar and has achieved gold status in France, remaining at Number 1 in the charts for over 30 weeks and selling more than 110,000 copies. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich (Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev) and Saint-Saëns (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France with Lionel Bringuier); the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Frank Braley; Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet; Intuition with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris/ (Douglas Boyd and Jérôme Ducros); an album of Schumann works, recorded live with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon and Chamber Orchestra of Europe/ (Bernard Haitink); Beethoven Piano Trios with Renaud Capuçon and Frank Braley; Chopin and Franck sonatas with Yuja Wang; and a solo album featuring Bach, Dutilleux and Kodaly as well as a “Best of” recording on occasion of his 40th birthday.


Capuçon has been featured on DVD in live performances with the Wiener Philharmoniker (Saint-Saens Cello Concerto No.1) Berliner Philharmoniker (Haydn Cello Concerto No.1) and with Lisa Batiashvili, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann (Brahms’s Concerto for Violin and Cello). A household name in his native France, he also appears on screen and online in shows such as ProdigesNow Hear This, and The Artist Academy, and is a guest presenter on Radio Classique in the show Les Carnets de Gautier Capuçon. 


Born in Chambéry, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Now, he performs with world leading orchestras, works with conductors such as Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrès Orozco-Estrada, Pablo Heras-Casado, Klaus Mäkelä, Andris Nelsons, and Christian Thielemann, and collaborates with contemporary composers including Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Bryce Dessner, Jérôme Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann. 

Anouchka Hack

26 years old (Germany)

German cellist Anouchka Hack is acclaimed by audience and press for her expressive sound and lively musicality. With a captivating stage presence and devoted interpretations, she convinces both as a soloist and in a Duo with her sister, pianist Katharina Hack as well as a sought-after chamber musician.

Concert engagements have led her to play in halls like the Beethovenhaus Bonn, Casals Forum Kronberg, Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Recipient of the Prix Jean-Nicolas Firmenich at the Verbier Festival 2021 for the best young cellist and the 2022 Leyda Ungerer prize, Anouchka Hack is a "Debut“ artist in Nikolaisaal Potsdam, the series featuring recitals and solo appearances in three seasons.

Concert engagements for the current season comprise solo appearances with the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and recitals with Katharina Hack in Laeiszhalle Hamburg and at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern amongst others, as well as chamber concerts in Belgium, Switzerland and Italy. Anouchka Hack most recently appeared as a soloist with the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, the Erfurt Symphony Orchestra, the Brandenburger Symphoniker, the Zagreb Soloists and the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, and as a chamber musician in the prestigious Rheingau Musikfestival. Solo appearances lead her to play concerts in the Konzerthaus Dortmund amongst others.


In 2020, her Duo first album, featuring works by Dmitri Shostakovich and an encore together with Gautier Capuçon, was released at GENUIN classics, and was nominated for the German record critics award and the Opus Klassik award. Anouchka and Katharina Hack are the artistic directors of the meetMUSIC Open Air Festival in Mettingen, Germany, which celebrated its first two successful editions in 2021 and 2022. Next to the big works of the Duo repertoire, the sisters incorporate free Duo improvisations in their concerts as well.

Anouchka Hack is a scholarship holder of the Mozart-Gesellschaft Dortmund and the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She is currently studying with Prof. Frans Helmerson at the Kronberg Academy. As a prizewinner of the Competition of the German Music Instruments fund, Anouchka Hack plays on a Cello by Bartolomeo Tassini, Venice 1769. 

Julia Hagen

27 years old (Austria)

Cellist Julia Hagen, born in Salzburg in 1995, is one oAf the most promising instrumentalists of her generation. At the age of 5 she received her first lessons from Detlef Mielke at the Musikum Salzburg. She went on to study at the Salzburg Mozarteum with Enrico Bronzi, at the University of Vienna with Reinhard Latzko and from 2013 to 2015 with legendary cellist Heinrich Schiff. In 2015 the young musician moved to Berlin to continue her studies under Jens Peter Maintz at the Universität der Künste. She is currently a scholarship holder of the Kronberg Academy, where she is working with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

Julia Hagen made her debut at the Brucknerhaus Linz at the age of 14, playing as soloist with the Vienna Jeunesse Orchestra. Since then she has played extensively throughout Europe and Japan, including in venues like the Wiener Konzerthaus (where she was a Great Talent in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons), Wiener Musikverein, Tonhalle Zürich, Barbican Hall and Suntory Hall. She has performed with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Tonhalle- Orchester Zürich, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, City of Birmingham Orchestra, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, I Pommerigi Musicali and the Kremerata Baltica, and has worked with conductors such as Ivor Bolton, Sir Andrew Davis, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Poschner, James Feddeck, Kristiina Poska and Giedrė Šlekytė. As a chamber musician, she has performed regularly with Igor Levit, Alexander Lonquich, Aaron Pilsan, Annika Treutler, Florian Boesch, Renaud Capuçon, Tobias Feldmann, Thomas Reif, Gérard Caussé, Clemens Hagen, Dominik Wagner as well as the Armida and Artemis Quartets.


In season 2022/23, she continues her close artistic partnership with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz with concerts in Linz and Montreux. Other highlights include concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 2), Vancouver Symphony Orchestra under Joshua Weilerstein (Haydn Cello Concerto in C major), Orchestra della Svizzera italiana under Krzysztof Urbański (Dvorak Cello Concerto), Sofia Philharmonic under Nayden Todorov (Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1), Göttingen Symphony Orchestra under Nicholas Milton (Elgar Cello Concerto) and a tour in France with the Orchestre de Chambre de Nouvelle Aquitaine together with Renaud Capuçon (Beethoven Triple Concerto). In chamber music, she will perform with Clemens Hagen on a Japan tour, Igor Levit and Johan Dalene (Heidelberger Frühling), Alexander Ullman as well as the Quatuor Arod, the Hagen Quartet and Gautier Capuçon's cello ensemble, Capucelli, among others. Since the 2021/22 season, she is also part of the debut programme of the Nikolaisaal Potsdam.


Between 2014 and 2016, Julia Hagen was one of six carefully selected young cellists who took part in the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle taught by Gautier Capuçon and supported by the Louis Vuitton Foundation. Masterclasses with Gábor Takács-Nagy, Pamela Frank, Lawrence Power, Nobuko Imai, Torleif Thedéen, Laurence Lesser and Claudio Bohorquez round off her training. She is a prize winner of the international cello competition in Liezen and the Mazzacurati cello competition. She received the Hajek-Boss-Wagner Culture Prize, as well as the Nicolas-Firmenich Prize of the Verbier Festival Academy.


In 2019 Julia Hagen and her long-time chamber music partner, pianist Annika Treutler, released their first album with the two cello sonatas and transcribed songs by Johannes Brahms on Hänssler Classic. Julia Hagen plays a cello by Francesco Ruggieri (Cremona, 1684), which is provided to her privately. 

Charles Hervet

31years old (France)

Born in Burgundy, France, Charles Hervet started learning the Cello at the age of 6. In 2011, he made his Wigmore Hall debut and took part in a BBC documentary. Recent highlights include chamber music with Gautier Capuçon, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Bertrand Chamayou, Renaud Capuçon, the Metropolitan Opera and Berliner Philharmoniker soloists. These performances have been broadcasted on BBC Radio 3, France Musique, and Radio Classique. Future engagements include performances in New York City, San Francisco, Geneva, Lausanne, Liège, Dortmund, Vienna, Milan, and Paris.

As a student, Charles was a member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and has since then kept a profound love for orchestral playing. Over the last years, he has had the opportunity to play in world known venues such as Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus, Salzburg Grosses Festspielhaus and Felsenreitschule, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, London Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and Barbican, or New York Avery Fisher Hall, and to work with great conductors and soloists like Herbert Blomstedt, Daniele Gatti, Christoph von Dohnányi, Emmanuel Krivine, Sir Antonio Pappano, Hans Graf, Sir Mark Elder, Trevor Pinnock, Philippe Jordan, Marin Alsop, Maurizio Benini, John Adams, Nikolaj Znaider, Guy Braunstein, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Joyce DiDonato, Matthew Polenzani, Leif Ove Andsnes, Emmanuel Pahud, Nicholas Angelich, or Imogen Cooper.


Over the course of his studies, Charles Hervet trained on a regular basis with Gautier Capuçon, Colin Carr, or Mario Brunello, and took part in masterclasses with Truls Mørk, Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Wolfgang Boettcher, Christian Poltera, Reinhard Latzko, Konstantin Pfiz, David Watkin and Christophe Coin. In chamber music he got advices from Christopher Richter, Thomas Brandis, Ian Brown, the Škampa, Wihan, Artis, or Allegri Quartets in masterclasses in London or Manchester sponsored by the Wigmore Hall Trust.


Charles Hervet graduated with a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music and is a laureate of Gautier Capuçon’s Classe d’Excellence at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Aurélien Pascal

28 years old (France)

Aurélien Pascal is a laureate of several international competitions, including the 2014 Emanuel Feuermann Competition, where he won the Grand Prix and the Audience Award, as well as Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels and Paulo cello in Helsinki. Aurélien Pascal regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Metz, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Nuremberg and Barcelona Symphony Orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir András Schiff, Pascal Rophé, Christoph Poppen, Clemens Schuldt, Okko Kamu and Lio Kuokman.

Aurélien Pascal is a laureate of several international competitions, including the 2014 Emanuel Feuermann Competition, where he won the Grand Prix and the Audience Award, as well as Queen Elisabeth competition in Brussels and Paulo cello in Helsinki. Aurélien Pascal regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras such as the Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Orchestre National de Metz, the European Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Nuremberg and Barcelona Symphony Orchestras, the Hong Kong Sinfonietta and the Taipei Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev, Sir András Schiff, Pascal Rophé, Christoph Poppen, Clemens Schuldt, Okko Kamu and Lio Kuokman.

In recital, he has performed in numerous festivals such as the Verbier Festival, the Festival of Colmar, the Mecklenburg Vorpommern Festival, La Folle Journée de Nantes in France and Japan, the Festival de Radio France Montpellier Occitanie, the Rencontres Musicales d'Evian, with chamber music partners such as Augustin Dumay, Pavel Kolesnikov, Alexandre Kantorow, Paloma Kouider and Sir András Schiff. He has also performed at the Auditorium du Louvre and the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the BOZAR in Brussels, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, the Musiekgebouw in Amsterdam, the Auditorium de Barcelona, and the Tonhalle in Zurich.


Aurélien Pascal's discography includes, among others, the concerto by Franz Danzi recorded with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and Howard Griffiths, released by Sony Classical in January 2018. In July 2019, his latest CD All'Ungarese with Kodály's Sonata for Solo Cello op. 8a won the CHOC of Classica and the Diapason Découverte. Aurélien studied at the CNSMDP in the class of Philippe Müller, took part in masterclasses with János Starker and perfected his skills with Frans Helmerson and Gary Hoffman at the Kronberg Academy in Germany. 

Caroline Sypniewski

29 years old (France)

Caroline is a young cellist from Toulouse who studied with Jérôme Pernoo in the CNSM of Paris, and then was chosen to become part of the prestigious Classe d’Excellence of Gautier Capuçon at the Louis Vuitton Foundation, as well as Clemens Hagen’s class in Salzbourg Mozarteum. She also completed studies in both full Piano and Piano accompaniment in Paris.

She has performed as a soloist at numerous festivals, among them the Pablo Casals festival, the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence, Musique à l’Emperi, W Krainie Chopina à Varsovie, Orangerie de Sceaux, the Edinburgh Festival, the Ohrid Summer Festival, the Clos-Vougeot festival, and the Variations Musicales de Tannay. She has also appeared at most of Europe’s top concert halls such as the Victoria Hall, the Paris Philharmonie, the Champs-Elysées Theatre, the Opera Garnier, the Grand Théâtre de Provence, Baden-Baden Kurhaus, Schloss Elmau, the Salle Cortot, the Casa de Música in Porto, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation. In April 2018, she was selected to represent the Van Cleef & Arpels Brand at a private event at Beijing’s Summer Palace.

She has played with several great artists such as Emmanuel Pahud, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon, Alexandre Kantorow, Adam Laloum, and Abdel Rahman El Bacha. She plays regularly in string trio with her two sisters Anna and Magdalena Sypniewski. As the soloist, she has played with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dijon-Bourgogne Orchestra, the Apassionato Ensemble, the Chamber Orchestra of Varsovia Philharmonie, the Elektra Orchestra, and the New-Europe ChamberOrchestra.

She has been awarded several prizes and distinctions including the "Révélation Classique » Adami 2017, the young Talent prize of the Clos-Vougeot Wine and Music Festival, a scholarship from the Safran Foundation, the Ginette Neveu prize at the Carl Flesh Academy 2015, and the Grand Prize of the Ravel Academy 2018.

Jeein You

20 years old (South Korea)

Born in 2002 in South Korea, Jeein You began playing cello at the age of five. Between 2009- 2016 she studied with Myung-wha Chung at Korea National University of Arts Preschool and the Korea Institute for Gifted in Arts, at the age of 13, gained a place at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in the class of Michel Strauss, obtaining her Bachelors and Masters degree. She has engaged in masterclasses with renowned cellists such as Arto Noras, Frans Helmerson, Philippe Muller, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Gautier Capuçon, Song-young Hun, Clara Minhye Kim and many others.

Jeein was selected as a laureate for Gautier Capuçon’s Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle at the Louis Vuitton Foundation during seasons 2019-2022, and in the 2022-23 season will also partake in the recently launched Fondation Gautier Capuçon.

This season, Jeein will perform in recital at the Seoul Arts Center in IBK Hall, as well as on tour throughout Europe (including Konzerthaus Vienna, Konzerthaus Dortmund, Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris, Salle Métropole Lausanne and Victoria Hall Geneva) with Gautier Capuçon and ensemble Capucelli. In 2021 the ensemble of seven cellists recorded works to be released on Gautier’s upcoming album ‘Sensations’. Later this season Jeein will also perform at Classeek’s concert hall in Switzerland, as part of their Ambassador Programme concert season for emerging young artists.

As well as gaining recognition on the concert stage throughout Europe, Jeein is also expanding her profile in Korea. Following her recital performance at the PyeongChang Music Festival in December 2021, Jeein was reinvited to perform at the closing concert of the festival in July 2022, this time with a chamber septet alongside artists such as Svetlin Roussev, Arah Shin, Alexandre Baty and Ralph Szigeti.

Championing many acclaimed competitions, Jeein has won several first and special prizes including the 5th International Dotzauer competition for Young Cellists in Dresden, Germany (First prize and special prize), 23rd International Cello Competition in Heran, Czech Republic (First prize and grand prize), 11th OSAKA International Music Competition (First prize) and 7th International Music Competition for Young People in Oldenburg, Germany (Second prize). Furthermore, she won both the first prize and special prize for the best performance of a masterly piece at the 10th International Competition for Young Musicians in Tallinn, Estonia, which was followed by a winners performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C with the Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a soloist, Jeein has performed concerti with the Philharmonia Korea Orchestra, Guro Arts Valley Orchestra, Gunpo Philharmonic Orchestra, Wonju Philharmonic Orchestra, Tallinn Philharmonic Orchestra, Kaunas Philharmonic Orchestra, amongst others. In recital, she has performed in many established concert series and venues including the 28th Kumho Prodigy Recital, Blue House (official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea) for the King and Queen of Malaysia, ISANGYUN Competition Young Cellists Invitation Concert, International Art Festival Invitation Chamber Music in Istana Budaya Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Great Mountains Music Festival, Seoul Spring Festival, Mozarthall Open Piano Forum Season, and Maison Heinrich Heine (Paris). 

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