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.
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.
Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, Capuçon performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. His current projects include performing the world premiere of Tabachnik’s cello concerto “Summer” and collaborations with Lera Auerbach, Danny Elfman, Thierry Esciach and Krzysztof Penderecki.
In the 19/20 season Capuçon appears with, amongst others, the philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles/Philippe Jordan, Czech Republic/Semyon Bychkov, and Rotterdam/Valery Gergiev; the symphony orchestras of St. Louis/Stephen Deneve, Singapore/Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Bavarian Radio/Gianandrea Noseda; and hr-Sinfonieorchester/Alain Altingolu. He tours Europe and the USA with Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Andris Nelsons and San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas, and is this season’s Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano.
As a chamber musician, this season he performs on tour with Yuja Wang in venues such as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Barbican Centre London, and Philharmonie Paris, as well as with Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley, Jérôme Ducros, and Leonadis Kavakos. Other regular recital partners include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the Artemis and Ébène quartets.
Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Capuçon has won multiple awards and holds an extensive discography. His latest album of Schumann works was recorded live with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Bernard Haitink. Capuçon’s next album, to be released in December 2019, was recorded with Yuja Wang and features sonatas by Chopin and Franck. Earlier recordings include concertos by Shostakovich (Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev) and Saint-Saëns (Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France/Lionel Bringuier); the complete Beethoven Sonatas with Frank Braley; Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet; and Intuition, an album of encores recorded with Paris Chamber Orchestra/Douglas Boyd and Jérôme Ducros.
Capuçon has been featured on DVD in live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker/Gustavo Dudamel (Haydn Cello Concerto No.1) and with Lisa Batiashvili, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann (Brahm’s Concerto for Violin and Cello). A household name in his native France, he also appears on screen and online in shows such as Prodiges, Now Hear This, and The Artist Academy, and from Autumn 2019 will be a guest presenter on Radio Classique.
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 Lionel Bringuier, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and collaborates with contemporary composers including Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban.
Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Bryce Dessner, Jerome Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann.
“Hers is a nonchalant, brilliant keyboard virtuosity that would have made ... even thefabled Horowitz jealous”
Los Angeles Times, July 2015
Critical superlatives and audience ovations have followed Yuja Wang’s dazzling career. The Beijing-born pianist, celebrated for her charismatic artistry and captivating stage presence, is ready to register fresh achievements during the 2017-18 season which features recitals, concert series, and extensive tours with some of the world’s most venerated ensembles and conductors. She begins the summer of 2017 on tour with the London Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas and a programme featuring Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2, followed by a performance of the first concerto at the Ravinia Festival with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Lionel Bringuier.
Later engagements include concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Valery Gergiev, a series of performances at the Verbier Festival, and a three-city German tour with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. She also embarks on play-conduct tours with two of the best chamber orchestras in the world, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe, as well as joining the inaugural tour of Jaap van Zweden with the New York Philharmonic and the final tour of Yannick Nézet-Séguin’s directorship with the Rotterdam Philharmonic. Other notable appearances include concerts in Hong Kong, Miami, Washington D.C., Prague, Tel Aviv, and Berlin.
Winter of 2017 sees Yuja reunite with violinist and frequent collaborator Leonidas Kavakos for a European chamber tour, whilst in the spring of 2018, Ms. Wang will embark on a vast-reaching recital tour at premiere venues in the US and Europe; New York City, San Francisco, Rome, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, and beyond.
Yuja Wang was born into a musical family in Beijing. After childhood piano studies in China, she 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. Two years later she 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.
Yuja has been named as Musical America’s Artist of the Year for 2017.
- PIANO CONCERTOS · KLAVIERKONZERTE
- 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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- 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