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La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon

Every year since 2014, the Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon has taken place in the Auditorium of the Fondation. This project, created and directed by Gautier Capuçon, is designed to promote six young and talented cellists from around the world. Selected by audition, the laureates meet each month for public work sessions and concerts.

As part of the Fondation’s mission to promote artistic creation in all its different forms and media, the “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” aims to expose its participants to a wide array of genres; to encourage dialogue and encounters with guest speakers from different cultures and nationalities; and to bring awareness to a wide range of different styles and projects. During their time at the Fondation, spent alongside great artists and talented professionals, participants will have the singular opportunity to develop their individual projects, to explore and appreciate the subtleties of a career as a performing artist, and to be exposed to new musical and otherwise artistic perspectives.


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.

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 ProdigesNow 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.

Samuel Parent

Samuel Parent est né en 1982 dans le Vaucluse.

Après avoir étudié avec Michel Bourdoncle à Aix-en-Provence, puis Olivier Gardon à Paris, il est admis en 2000 dans la classe de Brigitte Engerer au Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris, dont il sort quatre ans plus tard avec un diplôme de Formation Supérieure, mention très bien.

En 2008, il remporte le deuxième prix au concours international Rina Sala Gallo de Monza, Italie. Cette même année, il intègre la classe de musique de chambre du quatuor Artemis à la Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth de Belgique.


Pendant une quinzaine d'années, Samuel Parent a été le pianiste du Trio con Fuoco, ensemble récompensé dans plusieurs concours internationaux (Illzach, Florence, Heerlen...) et au sein duquel il s'est produit dans de nombreux festivals (Aix-en-Provence, la Roque d'Anthéron, Flâneries musicales de Reims) et sur la scène mondiale : concerts à  l'Auditorium du Louvre, au Bozar de Bruxelles, à l'Auditorium de Dijon, au Maroc, en Espagne, aux Pays-Bas, en Inde, en Amérique Centrale...


Chambriste recherché, Samuel Parent se produit avec de nombreux artistes tels que Gautier Capuçon, le quatuor Ebène, Hugues Borsarello, le quatuor Van Kuijk,  Henri Demarquette, Olivier Patey, Erik Berchot, Ami Flammer, Frédéric Aguessy, Emmanuel Christien, Mathilde Borsarello-Herrmann, Karen Vourc'h, Mari Eriksmoen... Il a ainsi été invité dans des cadres prestigieux comme le Palais de la Musique à Valencia, les Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad ou la saison musicale de Schloss Elmau. En France, Samuel Parent a joué notamment au festival Pianoscope à Beauvais, au Festival de Colmar, au Festival de Chambord, Musique en Côte Basque, au Printemps de la Grange au Lac, à la salle Gaveau, au théâtre du Châtelet à Paris.


Samuel Parent se distingue également pour ses talents d'accompagnateur : depuis janvier 2014, il est le pianiste de Yanowski qu'il accompagne dans son tour de chant « la Passe Interdite ». Il est régulièrement invité dans diverses académies estivales pour apporter son soutien à de nombreux étudiants. Depuis 2015, il est le pianiste accompagnateur de la classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon à la Fondation Louis Vuitton à Paris. En 2019, Samuel Parent est l'un des accompagnateurs officiels du Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth à Bruxelles.


Samuel Parent se distingue également pour ses talents d'accompagnateur : depuis janvier 2014, il est le pianiste de Yanowski qu'il accompagne dans son tour de chant « la Passe Interdite ». Il est régulièrement invité dans diverses académies estivales pour apporter son soutien à de nombreux étudiants. Depuis 2015, il est le pianiste accompagnateur de la classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon à la Fondation Louis Vuitton à Paris. En 2019, Samuel Parent est l'un des accompagnateurs officiels du Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth à Bruxelles.Samuel Parent se distingue également pour ses talents d'accompagnateur : depuis janvier 2014, il est le pianiste de Yanowski qu'il accompagne dans son tour de chant « la Passe Interdite ». Il est régulièrement invité dans diverses académies estivales pour apporter son soutien à de nombreux étudiants. Depuis 2015, il est le pianiste accompagnateur de la classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon à la Fondation Louis Vuitton à Paris. En 2019, Samuel Parent est l'un des accompagnateurs officiels du Concours Musical Reine Elisabeth à Bruxelles.

Léo Guiguen

Born in 1999, Léo Guiguen begins the cello at age seven at the Music School of Fougères in Bretagne (France), after which he moves on to the Music School of Rennes where he receives his “certificate of music studies” at the age of thirteen.

He then begins taking classes with Raphaël Perraud, principal cellist of the Orchestre National de France, before entering the CNSMDP (Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris) at fourteen years old in Jérôme Pernoo’s and Cyrille Lacroutz’ class. Two years later, he wins the second prize of the International Louis Rosoor Competition in Bordeaux. He attends as well the classes of Claire Désert and Itamar Golan. He receives a sponsorship (from Patrick Petit) allowing him to play on a cello specifically made for him by the stringed instrument maker Franck Ravatin in 2016.

He is invited to play in festivals such as: “MusicaMundi” where he receives guidance from Ivry Gitlis and Menahem Pressler, “Les Fougères Musicales”, “Les jeunes talents de l’Ouest”, “La cello biennale of Amsterdam”, “SuperCello”, “Akoestikum” and the Centre de Musique de Chambre de Paris.

In addition, Léo benefits from the precious advice of many prestigious cellists such as David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Philippe Muller and Xavier Phillips.

He enters the Jaroussky Academy for the 2019/2020 season.

Jeein You

Jeeln You was born in South Korea in 2002 and began studying cello at the age of five. When she was seven she joined the Korea National University Of Arts Preschool under her tutor Chung Myung-Wha.

In 2010 she gave her first concert with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. She was then invited to play at the Seoul Spring Festival, and won first prize at the Osaka International Music Festival. The following year, aged nine, she gave her first recital at the Kumho Prodigy Concert. She was invited by the Blue House (South Korea’s presidential office) to play for the King of Malaysia, and was also a guest musician at the Tongyeon Isangyun International Music Festival.

In 2013, You won first prize at the International Dotzauer Competition in Dresden. In the same year, she won second prize at the Oldenburg International Competition in Germany.

The following year, she was awarded first prize at the International Young Musician Competition in Tallinn, Estonia, as well as first prize at the Heran Violoncello Competition in the Czech Republic.

In 2017, You was invited to perform in a series of recitals by young musicians at the Mozart Hall. The following year, she was chosen as one of 12 cellists to play at the 20th anniversary Kumho Prodigy Concert (1998-2018 Here & Now).

At the 2019 Paris Music Competition, You was awarded the Prix d’Honneur and an opportunity to perform in a prestigious Parisian concert hall in 2020.

She has been studying in Paris since 2016. At the age of 14, she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in Michel Strauss’ class.

Jan Sekaci

Jan Sekaci was born on in February 2001. He started to play the cello at the age of 10 in his hometown Oradea at the High School of Arts Oradea. Since 2015, he studies with Octavian Lup at the National College of Arts "Dinu Upatti". He won many prizes at national and international competitions, among which the 3rd prize at the Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Porec, Croatia.

He also won the 2nd prize at the Young Virtuosos International Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, the 1st prize at Klaipeda International Competition, Lithuania, the 1st prize at the ProArt Competition in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, the 4th prize at the Johannes Brahms competition. He participated at masterclasses held by Marin Cazacu, Octavian Lup, Mihai Marica, Denis Severin, Frans Helmerson, Judith Ermert, Jacob Shaw, Romain Garioud, Raphael Pidoux, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

In 2018, Jan was selected as an active participant at the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, studying with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

Amy Goto

Amy Goto, born in 2004 in South Carolina (USA), is a Japanese-American cellist. She began playing the cello at the age of 3 and has studied with Philippe Muller of the Manhattan School of Music since the age of 12.

She made her debut as soloist with orchestra at age 9 with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and subsequently performed at the opening ceremony for Spoleto Festival USA/Piccolo Spoleto Festival (South Carolina). In 2015, she received the “Hope” Award at the IX International Tchaikovsky Competition for Young Musicians (Novosibirsk, Russia). At Musica Mundi (Genval, Belgium) in 2016, she performed in the gala concert as a soloist with the festival orchestra. She was a featured performer on NPR’s From the Top (Show 362) in 2018. Most recently, she competed as the youngest contestant at the Mazzacurati Competition (Turin, Italy) in Fall 2019.

She has previously studied with Natalia Khoma (2011-2016) and Vladimir Perlin (2016-2017). During the summers, she has studied at Musica Mundi in 2016, Music@Menlo (California) in 2017, and Domaine Forget (Charlevoix, Québec) in 2018 and 2019. She has taken master classes/private lessons with eminent musicians including Eugene Drucker, David Finckel, Ivry Gitlis, Clive Greensmith, Frans Helmerson, Laurence Lesser, Johannes Moser, Kenji Nakagi, Menahem Pressler, Kirill Rodin, Denis Shapovalov, Julian Steckel, and István Várdai. Amy has been a recipient of a scholarship from the JOY! Conservatory at the University of Connecticut since Fall 2017.

Amy currently resides in Rhode Island, USA.

Hyazintha Andrej

Hyazintha Andrej is a 25 years old cellist from Graz, Austria. She studied in Zurich with Thomas Grossenbacher at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste and is currently finishing her master studies with Clemens Hagen at the Mozarteum Salzburg. She has won several prizes at national and international competitions and is supported by the Swiss foundations Jmanuel und Evamaria Schenk Stiftung, Meister Marguerite and Migros Kulturprozent. 

In 2018, Hyazintha won the internship at the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. In 2019, she was invited to the Verbier Festival to participate in the soloist/chamber music internship as well as attending the Lucerne Festival Academy. She recently recorded a disk of works by French composers with Marta Patrocínio (pianist). 

Besides the romantic repertoire, Hyazintha is active in discovering contemporary music and contributes to collaborations with several young composers. 

Lisa Strauss

Born in a family of musicians, Lisa Strauss began learning the piano at the age of 5. She then started studying cello, which became her main instrument. She obtained her Diploma of Musical Studies at the CRR in Paris, then unanimously entered the Paris CNSM at the age of 16, in the class of Michel Strauss. Lisa obtained her Master's degree five years later with the highest distinction.

It was during her studies that she met Théo Ould, accordionist, with whom she founded Les Philia. The ensemble was later joined by violinist François Pineau-Benois and became the Trio Philia.

Lisa is invited to numerous festivals, including the Auvers-sur-Oise Festival, Les Journées Ravel, Ottawa Chamberfest, Opus Amadeus, Chamber Music in Giverny ... She improves her playing with personalities such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ivry Gitlis, Lynn Harrell, Jens- Peter Maintz, Richard Aaron, Philippe Muller, Boris Garlistky ...

Lisa performs frequently as a soloist, especially with the Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Oise Philharmonic Orchestra, the Douai Orchestra, and the Appassionato Ensemble.

In 2017, she joined the Philippe Jaroussky Music Academy.

In October 2019, along with the Trio Phillia, she won the Honorary Prize as well as the Audience Prize in the International Léopold Bellan Competition.

Lisa has been a laureate of the Banque Populaire foundation since June 2020.

A laureate of the Villa Musica Foundation as well, she explores the great repertoire of chamber music alongside eminent artists.

In October 2020, Lisa joined the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle programme led by Gautier Capuçon at the Louis Vuitton Foundation.

In October 2021, she will record her first album "Madness" with her Trio Philia.

The programme

Session of January
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 January
Session of February
Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 February
Session of March
Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 March
Session of May
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May
Session of June
Friday 18 and Saturday 19 June

Previous Promotions