"Classes d'excellence de violoncelle"- Gautier Capuçon

2015-2016 Season - Promotion II

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"Classes d'excellence de violoncelle"- Gautier Capuçon

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.


the artists

Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon was born in 1981 in Chambéry and began playing the cello at age 4 1/2. He has studied under Annie Cochet-Zakine and Philippe Muller, and later under Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He has received first prizes at several international competitions, including First Grand Prize at the International André Navarra Cello Competition in Toulouse. In 2001, he was named New Talent of the Year at the French awards ceremony Victoires de la Musique. He is the winner of several Echo Classics Awards, the most recent of which recognised a recording he made with Gergiev for a compilation of Fauré's chamber music (2012).

Gautier Capuçon has performed in major festivals in Europe and the USA (Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, Salzburg, London Proms, etc.) with the most illustrious orchestras from around the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the London Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.  He regularly collaborates with L. Bringuier, M-W Chung, G. Dudamel, C. Dutoit, S. Bychkov, L. Slatkin, and V. Gergiev, among others. Gautier Capuçon has also performed recitals in Paris, London, Amsterdam, Moscow, Vienna, New York, Washington and Tokyo, as well as chamber music at major festivals across Europe, such as his annual performances at the Verbier Festival and the Progetto Martha Argerich in Lugano. His chamber partners include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Frank Braley, Hélène Grimaud, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Vadim Repin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang, the Artemis quartet and Ebène, among others.

Highlights of the 2014-2015 season: a European tour with the London Symphony Orchestra/Sir John Eliot Gardiner and with the Oslo Philharmonic/Petrenko, as well as performances with the Orchestre de Paris/Zinman, the Leipzig Gewandhaus/Krivine, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/Orozco-Esdrada, the Los Angeles Philharmonic/Dudamel, and the Boston Symphony/Nelsons.

Discography: Around 20 recordings under Warner Classics & Erato, for whom he records exclusively. His latest releases include a recital with Frank Braley and Saint-Saëns with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Lionel Bringuier.

Since 2007, Gautier Capuçon has served as the ambassador of the Zegna & Music Project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values. He created the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle (Cello Excellence Class) in October 2014 at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which will be held in the new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry.  Gautier Capuçon playing a Matteo Goffriller cello built in 1701. www.gautiercapucon.com

Samuel Parent

Samuel Parent was born in 1982 in Vaucluse.

After studying under Michel Bourdoncle in Aix-en-Provence and Olivier Gardon in Paris, he was admitted to the class of Brigitte Engerer at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in 2000, from which he earned an advanced studies diploma in music performance (with distinction) four years later.

In 1998, he founded the Trio con Fuoco, an ensemble that has won awards at many international competitions, and with which he also performs regularly at festivals in France (Aix-en-Provence, La Roque d'Anthéron, Flâneries musicales de Reims) and on the global stage, including concerts at the Auditorium of the Louvre, BOZAR in Brussels and the Auditorium of Dijon, as well as performances in Morocco, Spain, the Netherlands, India and Central America.

In 2008, he was awarded second prize at the "Rina Sala Gallo" International Piano Competition in Monza, Italy. That same year, he joined the chamber music class of the Artemis Quartet at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Belgium.

A highly sought-after chamber musician, he has performed with several artists such as the Quatuor Ebène, Hugues Borsarello,  Henri Demarquette, Olivier Patey, Erik Berchot, Ami Flammer and Emmanuel Christien. He plays regularly with violinist Mathilde Borsarello-Herrmann, a prize-winner at the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition. These musicians have performed recitals together at various festivals such as the Pianoscope Festival in Beauvais, the Colmar Festival, the Festival Musique en Côte Basque, Les Musicales de Caillebotte, as well as at the Salle Gaveau and the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.

Stéphane Tétreault


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


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


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


Aged 25

Finnish, lives in Tampere (FI)

Student at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium in the class of Gary Hoffman

Third prize at the Turku National Cello Competition

Cello solo with the Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra since September 2014

Plays on an instrument of 1698 by Giovanni Grancino, graciously lent by the Pohjola Bank Art Foundation

Armance Quéro


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


Aged 20

Austrian, lives in Berlin (D)

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.

The essential

Promotion II


5 November 2015 Cello Masterclass Season 2 - Gautier Capuçon (first session)

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / vidéo : Dourak production / photo : Félix Cornu

19 and 20 December 2015 Cello Masterclass Season 2 - Gautier Capuçon (second session)

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / vidéo : Dourak production

7 and 8 February 2016 Cello Masterclass Season 2 - Gautier Capuçon (third session)

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / vidéo : Dourak production

7 and 9 March 2016 Cello Masterclass Season 2 - Gautier Capuçon (fourth session)

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / vidéo : Dourak production

7 & 8 May 2016 Cello Masterclass Season 2 - Gautier Capuçon (fifth session)

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Dourak Production

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