Recital of Gautier Capuçon, Cello and Yuja Wang, Piano

Music 20 May 2015 – 8:30pm

For this one-off concert, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has invited cellist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Yuja Wang, two artists whose talent has been acclaimed by music lovers the world over.

One of the headline artists of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, for which he gave a cello Masterclass in October, Gautier Capuçon is regarded as one of the most dazzling French instrumentalists. He performs in the most prestigious concert halls and major festivals around the world. As a soloist, he is a regular guest of the leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and orchestras in Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Vienna, Oslo, Paris, among others.

Renowned for her technical virtuosity and spontaneous, audacious style, pianist Yuja Wang performs throughout the world under the baton of the greatest conductors, including Abbado, Barenboim, Dudamel, Gatti, Gergiev, Maazel, Mehta, Masur, Pappano, Salonen and Temirkanov. She guests every summer at the Verbier Festival, performing concertos, recitals and chamber music with the likes of Gautier Capuçon, Ivry Gitlis and Khatia Buniatishvili. Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang will come together at the Fondation Louis Vuitton on 20 May 2015 for a programme of sonatas by Brahms, Schumann and Greig.

The artists

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 founder and leader of the ‘Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle’ at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.

Gautier Capuçon is an ambassador for the modern cello. Each season he performs with the world’s most renowned conductors and instrumentalists. Since 2014, he has also been the founder and artistic director of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle – a cell masterclass at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Gautier Capuçon is world-renowned for his expressive musicality, virtuoso talent and the deep tone of his Matteo Goffriller “L’Ambassadeur” cello from 1701.

Yuja Wang

Critical superlatives and audience ovations have continuously followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is set to achieve new heights during the 2019/20 season, which features recitals, concert series, as well as season residencies, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors.

Season highlights include Yuja’s year-long “Artist Spotlight” at the Barbican Centre, where she curates and performs in four distinct events: the first London performance of John Adams’ newest piano concerto (premiered by her in Spring 2019) titled Must the Devil Have All the Good Tunes? with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Gustavo Dudamel, which they take to Boston and New York City; recitals featuring cellist Gautier Capuçon and clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer; and she concludes the residency with a solo recital.

In autumn of 2019, she tours China with the Vienna Philharmonic, presenting concerts in Macao, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Wuhan. The beginning of 2020 sees Yuja and Gautier Capuçon reuniting for a recital tour featuring eleven dates presented in Europe’s premiere venues, including the Philharmonie de Paris and the Wiener Konzerthaus. She then embarks on an extensive solo recital tour, appearing in renowned concert halls throughout North America and Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Davies Symphony Hall, and the Het Concertgebouw, running from February to April.

Additionally, Yuja will be the featured soloist with some of the leading orchestras of North America, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Andris Nelsons; the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gustavo Gimeno; the San Francisco Symphony, led by Michael Tilson Thomas; and the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the musical direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Yuja received advanced training in Canada and at Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music under Gary Graffman. Her international breakthrough came in 2007 when she replaced Martha Argerich as soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She later signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon and has since established her place among the world’s leading artists, with a succession of critically acclaimed performances and recordings.


  • Sergei Rachmaninov: No. 3 op. 30
  • Sergei Prokofiev: No. 2 op. 16
  • Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Gustavo Dudamel
  • Int. Release 03 Feb. 2014

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The programme

Robert Schumann
Phantasiestücke Op.73 1- Zart und mit Ausdrück (″Tender and with expression″) 2- Lebhaft, leicht (″Lively and light″) 3- Rasch, mit Feuer (Quick and with fire″)
Johannes Brahms
Sonata for cello and piano No.1 in E minor, Op.38 : Allegro non troppo - Allegretto quasi minuetto - Allegro
Edvard Grieg
Sonata for cello and piano in A minor, Op.36 (27’) : Allegro agitato - Andante molto tranquillo - Allegro: Allegro molto e marcato