The Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle is a project during which director Gautier Capuçon transmits his insights to six talented young cellists selected by audition in France and abroad. It was first held at the Fondation Louis Vuitton from December 2014 to June 2015, taking the form of a series of monthly three-day sessions.
For its second season the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle once more occupies the Foundation’s Auditorium from November 2015 to the end of June 2016, with each monthly session lasting three to four days.
Each session will feature masterclasses open to the public in the morning, as well as concerts at the end of the day at which the young cellists—the eminent instrumentalists of tomorrow—will perform the pieces they are working on (programs for solo cello, sonatas for cello and piano, and concertos with piano accompaniment).
Covering both artistic and professional coaching, the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle aims to allow the six participants to deepen their musical awareness and to understand what it takes to embark on a professional career.
In this exceptional venue devoted to the creative arts, the young talents will be immersed in an environment that promotes openness, emulation, and inspiration. As a complement to the high level of musical training they have already received, Gautier Capuçon, together with pianist Samuel Parent, acts a facilitator of interchange and innovation, accompanying them on their personal and artistic project.