Born in Chambéry, France, in 1976, Renaud Capuçon studied at the Paris Conservatory under Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds, and then under Thomas Brandis in Berlin and Isaac Stern. In 1998 he was appointed Concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester by Claudio Abbado, where he blossomed under the experienced batons of Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and Franz Welser-Moest. He was named a Rising Star and New Talent of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique Awards in 2000, and Instrumental Soloist of the Year in 2005. In 2006, the Sacem French composers’ association presented him with the Georges Enesco Award.
Capuçon has worked with the most acclaimed conductors and finest orchestras: the Berlin Philharmonic with Bernard Haitink, David Robertson and Matthias Pintscher; the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons, Daniel Harding and Lionel Bringuier; the Orchestra de Paris with Wolfgang Sawallish and Christoph Eschenbach; the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra with Myung-Whun Chung; the Solists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Semyon Bychkov and Yannick Nezet-Séguin; the Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit; the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Kurt Masur; the Dresden Staatskapelle with Daniel Harding; the State Academic Symphony Orchestra in Moscow with Vladimir Yurowsky; the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Bernard Haitink; the Boston Symphony with Christoph von Dohnanyi and Andris Nelsons; the Philharmonia Orchestra with Juraj Valcuha; the Seoul Philharmonic with Myung-Whun Chung; WDR Cologne with Jukka Pekka Saraste, and the French National Orchestra with Daniele Gatti. He gave the world première of Pascal Dusapin's Violin Concerto with WDR Cologne, and has performed a cycle of chamber music by Brahms and Fauré at five concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Most recently, Capuçon has played with Orchestra de Paris/P. Jarvi, Radio France Philharmonic/Chung, New York Philharmonic/Dutoit, Swedish Radio Orchestra/Harding, Oslo Philharmonic/Saraste, Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra/Bringuier, Swiss-French Orchestra, Bamberg Symphony/Nott, Berlin Staatskapelle/Antonio Papano, Santa Cecilia Orchestra Rome/Bychkov, RAI Turin/Valcuha, Seoul Philharmonic, NHK Symphony/Denève, in residence with the Wiener Symphoniker and Philippe Jordan at the Musikverein in Vienna, and on tour with Lucerne Symphony/Gaffigan, Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse/Sokhiev in Japan, Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Ticciati and Israel Philharmonic, and with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St Petersburg conducted by Valery Gergiev.
Passionate about chamber music, he has performed with Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Khatia Buniatishvili, Frank Braley, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Khatia and Marielle Labèque, Maria Joao Pires, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Gérard Caussé, Yuri Bashmet, Myung-Whun Chung, Yo Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mork, Michael Pletnev, and his brother Gautier at major festivals: Aix en Provence, Saint-Denis, La Roque d’Anthéron, Menton and Colmar in France, at the Hollywood Bowl, and in Tanglewood, Gstaad, Lucerne, Lugano, Verbier, Salzburg, Rheingau, Bucharest Festival Enescu, Amsterdam and Granada.
His discography on Erato Records: Trios by Haydn/Mendelssohn and Beethoven's Triple Concerto with Martha Argerich; Berlioz/Saint-Saëns/Milhaud/Ravel with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie/Daniel Harding; L’Arbre des Songes/Dutilleux with the Radio France Philharmonic/M.-W. Chung; Mendelssohn/Schumann with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Daniel Harding; Mozart with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Louis Langrée and Antoine Tamestit; chamber music by Schubert, Ravel and Saint-Saëns, and sonatas, trios and a quartet by Brahms with Nicholas Angelich, his brother Gautier and Gérard Caussé; concertos by Beethoven/Korngold with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Yannick Nézet-Seguin; the complete sonatas of Beethoven with Frank Braley, and the complete works of Fauré with N. Angelich, G. Capuçon, M. Dalberto, G. Caussé and the Ebène Quartet. He has recorded Brahms and Berg concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic and Daniel Harding, Saint-Saëns with the Radio France Philharmonic and Lionel Bringuier, and L’Histoire de Babar – Poulenc/Debussy/Ridout avec Laurence Ferrari and Jérôme Ducros. The best of his work has been compiled in a 3 CD box set, Violon Roi. A recording of a recital with Khatia Buniatishvili (Franck – Grieg – Dvorak) was released recently.
His latest release is a record featuring Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 and Sarasate’s Gypsy Airs.
Capuçon plays the Del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern and was donated to him by BSI bank.
He was made a Knight of the French National Order of Merit in June 2011, and a Knight of the French Legion of Honour in March 2016. He is the founder and artistic director of the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence and the Les Sommets Musicaux Festival in Gstaad. He also teaches violin at the Haute Ecole de Musique in Lausanne.
The Chamber Orchestra of Europe (COE), hailed “the finest chamber orchestra in the world” by BBC Two Television (2011), was formed in 1981 by a group of musicians graduating from the European Union Youth Orchestra. The founding members wanted to continue playing together to the highest standard. Of that original group, thirteen remain in the current core membership of around 60.
The members of the COE pursue parallel careers as international soloists, Leaders and Principals of national orchestras, members of eminent chamber ensembles, and music teachers in world-renowned institutions. Their wealth of cultural backgrounds and shared love of music-making permeate every performance.
The COE performs in the finest concert halls in Europe, including the Philharmonie de Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Festspielhaus in Baden-Baden, the Kölner Philharmonie in Cologne and the Alte Oper in Frankfurt. The Orchestra is a regular at the Lucerne Festival and the Styriarte Festival in Graz, and other highlights of the musical calendar including the BBC Proms in London, the Edinburgh Festival, and the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York.
Over the years, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has developed working relationships with Claudio Abbado, Bernard Haitink, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Vladimir Jurowski, Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Sir András Schiff. The COE plays with the most eminent soloists and conductors including, this season, Piotr Anderzewski, Gautier Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Leonidas Kavakos, Patricia Kopatchinskaya, François Leleux (formerly principal oboe with the COE), Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Antonio Pappano, Murray Perahia, Francesco Piemontesi, Maria João Pires, Robin Ticciati and Alisa Weilerstein.
In only 35 years, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has recorded over 250 works with top record labels. The Orchestra has on three occasions been awarded Recording of the Year by Gramophone magazine, for its renditions of Viaggio a Reims by Rossini and the symphonies of Schubert, conducted by Claudio Abbado, and Beethoven’s symphonies, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt. The COE has also won two Grammy Awards and MIDEM’s Classical Download Award. The COE is the first orchestra to have founded its own label, COE Records, in association with Sanctuary Records, a subsidiary of Universal Music. In 2013 the Orchestra released recordings of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Quintet with the COE’s principal clarinet, Romain Guyot, on the Mirare label, and Mozart’s Cosi fanTutte with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rolando Villazon, Mojca Erdmann, Miah Persson, Angela Brower, Adam Plachetka and Alessandro Corbelli on Deutsche Grammophon. In 2014, the COE released the Complete Symphonies of Schumann with Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Deutsche Grammophon, and the works of JS Bach and Peteris Vasks with Renaud Capuçon on EMI. The Orchestra’s recording of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, released in July 2015, was nominated for Best Opera Recording at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Its recording of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin was released on Deutsche Grammophon in July 2016. Forthcoming releases by the COE include the Complete Symphonies of Mendelssohn, recorded at the Philharmonie de Paris in February 2016, also conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin for Deutsche Grammophon.
The Orchestra has a good working relationship with production company Idéale Audience and the Styriarte Festival, and has recorded a number of concerts for DVD: Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Suite) and Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G with Hélène Grimaud, conducted by Vladimir Jurowski; Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Mass in C Major, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Styriarte Festival in Graz in 2007; Symphony No. 2 in C Major by Schumann, and Rakastava for Strings and Percussion, Valse Triste, and the Violin Concerto in D Minor by Sibelius with Vladimir Ashkenazy and Ukrainian violinist Valeriy Sokolov; Smetana’s My Country and The Bartered Bride, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at Styriarte 2010 and 2011 respectively, and finally Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis in D, recorded in February 2010 at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon with John Nelson and the Gulbenkian Choir. Most of the COE's catalogue of CDs and DVDs are available for purchase on Amazon and iTunes.
The COE has developed an educational programme for schools, conservatories and concert halls to bring live top-level chamber music and orchestral music to young people and new audiences. The COE created its own Academy in 2009 and every year awards a scholarship to gifted students and young professional musicians, offering them the opportunity to hone their talents on tour with the leaders and principals of the Orchestra.
The Orchestra receives no public funding at present, but from the beginning it has been generously supported by its Friends, particularly The Gatsby Charitable Foundation and The Underwood Trust, without which it could not survive. The Principal Oboe Chair and the Principal Flute Chair are supported by the Rupert Hughes Will Trust in memory of the late Rupert Hughes.
The COE receives invaluable financial support from a number of Friends including particularly The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, without which it could not survive. The Leader Chair is supported by Dasha Shenkman. The Principal Cello Chair is supported by an anonymous donor. The Principal Bass Chair is supported by Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement. The Principal Oboe Chair and the Principal Flute Chair are supported by the Rupert Hughes Will Trust in memory of the late Rupert Hughes. The Principal Bassoon Chair is supported by The 35th Anniversary Friends. The Principal Trumpet Chair is supported by The Underwood Trust. The Principal Timpani Chair is supported by The American Friends.”
String Sextet, extract from Capriccio Op. 85
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Divertimento No. 17, for String Quartet and Two Horns in D Major K.334
Metamorphosen (Arrangement for 7 instruments by Rudolf Leopold)
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