La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle - Promotion II

For its third season, the “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” returns to the Fondation auditorium from November 2016 and until June 2017.

The “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle”, under the direction of Gautier Capuçon, is geared towards six young talented cellists selected on the basis of an application dossier and live audition in France and abroad. The first two editions took place on a monthly basis at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, for a series of three-day sessions for six months.

For its third season, the “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” returns to the Fondation auditorium from November 2016 and until June 2017.

Each monthly session is made of daily lessons with Gautier Capuçon, and includes public masterclasses and a one and a half hour long public concert during which time participants will have the opportunity to present their work (programs consist of solo cello pieces, cello and piano sonatas, concertos accompanied with piano).

The “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle,” made up of a series of artistic and professional coaching sessions, offers participants a comprehensive training opportunity intended to complement participants’ formal musical education. Bathed in the atmosphere of intense creativity generated by this singular venue, the project aims to be a source of inspiration and stimulation. Gautier Capuçon, as mediator and mentor, will encourage exchange and innovation, and will accompany each participant in his or her personal artistic journey.

As part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’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.

For this third edition, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has commissioned Bruno Mantovani to compose a work for 7 cellos. The piece will be premiered on the last concert of the season, June 7th 2017.

The programme

November Session
5 November
December Session
19 and 20 December
February Session
7 and 8 February
March Session
7 and 9 March
May Session
7 and 8 May

Promotion II

Stéphane Tétreault

Canada

Aged 22

Canadian, lives in Montreal

Master’s in performance and cello at Montreal University in the class of the late Yuli Turovsky and of Jutta Puchhammer-Sédillot.

Winner of the first Fernand-Lindsay Career Award and of the Choquette-Symcox Prize in 2013

First prize at the Standard Life-OSM 2007 Montreal Symphonic Orchestra Competition and Radio-Canada “Revelation” for 2011-2012 for classical music.

First soloist in residence at the Orchestre Métropolitain since 2014.

Awarded travel bursaries from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres, Quebec and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as a Career Award from the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Foundation in 2015.

Charles Hervet

France

Aged 24

French, lives in London (UK)

Holder of a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music, London, in the class of David Strange

Member of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester

Participant in the Academy of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO String Experience Scheme) in 2013-2014

Recent noteworthy activities: collaboration with Wolfram Christ, the soloists of the Metropolitan Opera, as well as at the Proms Plus in London, recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio 3, in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, with Jan Talich and Jean-Yves Thibaudet, under the baton of Andrew Litton

Marion Platero

France

Aged 25

French, lives in Madrid (ES)

Holder of a Master’s in cello (at the highest grade, cum laude, unanimously awarded by the jury) at the CNSMD in Paris

Student at the Escuela Superior de Musica Reina Sofia in Madrid in the class of Natalia Shakhovskaya and Ivan Monighetti, with a distinction from Queen Sofia of Spain

Awarded a grant from the Mécénat Musical Société Générale in 2009, second prize at the Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition (Morelia, Mexico) “Révélation Classique” ADAMI 2009

Joona Pulkkinen

Finland

25 years

Finnish, living in Tampere (FI)

Student at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium in the class of Gary Hoffman
3rd Prize at the Turku National Cello Competition

Solo cello at the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since September 2014

Instrument by Giovanni Grancino from 1698, kindly loaned by the Pohjola Bank Art Foundation

Armance Quéro

France

Aged 26

French, lives in Paris (FR)

CNSMD Paris diploma in 2012 (unanimously awarded first prize, the first so acknowledged), in the class of Roland Pidoux and of Xavier Phillips

Grant holder from the Adami and the Mécénat Musical Société Générale for 2012-2013

Award winner at the Fondation Safran (2015) and Fondation de France (2014) for a recording project centring on the French sonata around 1915

Third prize at the International Music Competition Belgrade in 2010

Julia Hagen

Austria

Aged 20

Austrian, lives in Berlin

Student at the Mozarteum Salzburg in the class of Enrico Bronzi from 2007 to 2011, at the University of Vienna in the class of Reinhard Latzko, then in Heinrich Schiff ‘s class from 2013 to 2015.

At present a student at the Universität der Künste, Berlin, in the class of Jens Peter Maintz

Prizewinner at the Liezen International Cello Competition in 2010 and of the ESTA special prize at the International Johannes Brahms Competition in 2014. Julia’s instrument is by Ruggieri, graciously lent her by a private sponsor.

Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon is truly a 21st-century ambassador for the cello. Every 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 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Mr Capuçon is acclaimed worldwide for his expressive musicality, virtuosity and the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, “L’Ambassadeur”.

Capuçon has recently performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. This gave him the opportunity to collaborate with Alain Altinoglu, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Stéphane Denève, Valery Gergiev, Philippe Jordan, Andris Nelsons and Gianandrea Noseda. This season, Gautier Capuçon is Artist in Residence in Lugano with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana.


Over the course of his career, Mr Capuçon has forged many deep and lasting musical friendships. He is invited each season by the greatest orchestras, including the Philharmonic Orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, Los Angeles and New York, as well as the Chicago, San Francisco and London Symphony Orchestras. He works with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Tugan Sokhiev. He also collaborates with many contemporary composers, including Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Bryce Dessner, Richard Dubugnon, Jérôme Ducros, Henri Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann. Current projects include the world premiere of Tabachnik’s Cello Concerto, as well as collaborations with Danny Elfman and Thierry Escaich.


As a chamber musician, he is invited to perform in the world’s most superb venues and at the most renowned festivals with partners such as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang and the Artemis and Ébène Quartets.


Discography: Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Mr Capuçon has won multiple awards and boasts an extensive discography. Earlier recordings include Shostakovich with the Mariinsky Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, Saint-Saëns (Concerto N°1 and La Muse et Le Poète) with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Lionel Bringuier, Schubert's String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet; and the complete Beethoven sonatas with Frank Braley. His latest releases include the album Intuition (February 2018) recorded with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris/Douglas Boyd and pianist Jérôme Ducros, a live Schumann album with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Bernard Haitink (January 2019), as well as the sonatas of Chopin and Franck with pianist Yuja Wang (December 2019). Since the fall of 2019, he has been presenting “Les Carnets de Gautier Capuçon” on France’s Radio Classique, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. Mr Capuçon also appears onscreen and online in programmes such as The Artist Academy, Prodiges and Now Hear This. In 2013, Deutsche Grammophon also released a live DVD of Mr Capuçon with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Gustavo Dudamel in a performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1. His most recent album was released in November 2020 on Warner Classics: an Emotions recital, composed of transcriptions of works by Debussy, Satie, Elgar, Schubert and Edith Piaf by pianist Jérôme Ducros, with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris and Adrien Perruchon.


Born in Chambéry in 1981, Gautier Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five with Augustin Lefèbvre and studied in Paris with Annie Cochet-Zakine, Philippe Muller, then in Vienna with Heinrich Schiff. He has been awarded several first prizes in international competitions, including the Premier Grand Prix at the Concours International André Navarra in Toulouse.


In January 2021, Mr Capuçon was promoted to the rank of Chevalier in France’s Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur. In January 2022, he established his own foundation to help talented young musicians start their careers, thereby furthering his commitment to young artists.

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.