Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle Gautier Capuçon

Season 2018-2019 - Promotion V

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq
Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle Gautier Capuçon

© Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq

Applications for the 2019-2020 edition of the Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon are now open.


Apply here until 27 September 2019 - 6 p.m. (french time).

The Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle returns to the Fondation Auditorium for a fifth season.


This project, created and directed by Gautier Capuçon, is designed to promote six young and talented cellists from around the world and give them expert direction in perfecting their skills. The 2018-2019 winners, selected by audition, meet each month in the Auditorium for public work sessions and concerts.


This year, in a new development, the project offers the budding artists a complete session with orchestra in January 2019. With support from the orchestra of Le Conservatoire National de Musique et de Danse de Paris, each young cellist is assigned a movement from one of Joseph Haydn’s two concertos for cello and orchestra, to be practiced and performed under the guidance of Nicolas Chalvin and Gautier Capuçon as co-conductors.


For the 5th edition of the Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon, Bryce Dessner succeeds to Guillaume Connesson with his composition The Forest for sever cellos. Created for the final concert of the class of 2018-2019, this piece, commissioned by the Fondation, will close a season featuring a number of new works, with commissions from Sciarrino, Fazil Say and Matthias Pintscher. 

As part of the Fondation’s commitment to promoting and disseminating every form of artistic creation, this public artist-in-residence project, harboured in a museum and unparalleled in the world, is a veritable musical laboratory. Through artistic and professional coaching sessions, the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle gives students the chance to broaden and deepen their understanding of musical workmanship throughout the year and to better grasp all that a professional musical career entails. Guest speakers also take part in the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle, helping students learn about various aspects of a musician’s life, such as personal career management, works schedules, life on tour, media relations, stress management, healthy lifestyle practices and even coping with physical issues.


To share the educational advantages with the broadest audience possible, the project is closely followed by, which records and broadcasts (live, in some cases) the season’s master classes and concerts.


Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing each season 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 – based in the new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry.  Acclaimed internationally for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello, Capuçon is this season’s Artist in Residence with Orquesta de Valencia.

The 2018/19 season sees Capuçon premiere a new concerto for cello and piano (Dubugnon, Eros Athanatos) with the pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet – a piece written for the duo – with symphony orchestras of West Australia, Antwerp, WDR and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. Elsewhere, he performs as soloist with, amongst others: the philharmonic orchestras of New York, Los Angeles, Munich and the Czech Republic; the symphony orchestras of Chicago, NHK and Sydney; Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Orchestre de Paris  As a chamber musician, he performs with Lisa Batiashvili and Jean-Yves Thibaudet on an extensive piano trio European tour, as well as appearing with recital partners Frank Braley, Gabriela Montero, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Hall, Aix en Provence and the Musikverein.


Throughout his career, Capuçon has developed a number of long-standing relationships. Each season he is invited by many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the philharmonic orchestras of Berlin, Vienna, Los Angeles and New York, and the symphony orchestras of Chicago, San Francisco and London. He regularly works with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and collaborates with contemporary composers including Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Jerome Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann.  As a chamber musician, he performs annually in the major halls and festivals with partners such as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Jérome Ducros, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, 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 – Intuition - was released in 2018 and recorded with the Paris Chamber Orchestra/Douglas Boyd and Jérôme Ducros. 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, and Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet. Capuçon’s next album – a disk of Schumann works with Bernard Haitink, Martha Argerich and Renaud Capuçon - will be released in January 2019.  Elsewhere, he appears on screen and online in programmes such as The Artist Academy, Prodiges, and Now Hear This, and in 2013 Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring Capuçon as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1.


Born in Chambéry, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five with Augustin Lefèbvre. He studied in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. He received several international prizes, including the First Great Prize of the André Navarra International Competition in Toulouse (France).


Gautier Capuçon is represented worldwide by HarrisonParrott Ltd.

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Samuel Parent

Further to his studies with Michel Bourdoncle in Aix-en- Provence and Olivier Gardon in Paris, and under the tutelage of Brigitte Engerer, Samuel Parent earned an advanced studies diploma in music performance (with distinction) from the CNSM of Paris in 2004.

In 1998, he founded the Trio con Fuoco, an ensemble which has won awards at many international competitions, and with which he performs regularly in France (Aix-en- Provence, La Roque d’Anthéron, Flâneries musicales de Reims auditorium of the Louvre Museum) and on the global stage, including, Belgium. 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 of the Long-Thibaud International Violin Competition. Concerts include appearances 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.


Samuel Parent is also a distinguised accompanist. Since January 2014 he has been the piano accompanist for Yanowski during his “Passe Interdite” song tour. He is also a regular guest at several summer schools where he provides support for students. In 2015 he became the the official accompanist of Gautier Capuçon’s Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris

Bryce Dessner

Bryce Dessner is one of the most sought-after composers of his generation, with a rapidly expanding catalogue of orchestral, chamber and vocal compositions commissioned by the world's leading ensembles and institutions: Los Angeles Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, BAM Next Wave Festival, Barbican Centre, Edinburgh International Festival, Sydney Festival, Eighth Blackbird, Sō Percussion, New York City Ballet and others. He is also known by many as the guitarist from the rockband The National.

Born in Cincinnati (United States), he graduated from Yale University. He formed the quartet Clogs in the late 1990s, and The National in 2001. He also founded MusicNOW, a Cincinnati-based contemporary music festival, in 2006. In 2015 he curated Mountains and Waves, a weekend-long celebration of his music at the Barbican in London, and created the Sounds From a Safe Harbour festival in Cork, Ireland. Previous projects include Quilting, a 17-minute score co-commissioned with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, premiered by the Los Angeles Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, and The Most Incredible Thing, a ballet for the New York City Ballet. He wrote a piece entitled Wires commissioned for the legendary Ensemble Intercontemporain and Matthias Pintscher, as well as solo works for violinists Pekka Kuusisto and Jennifer Koh. Dessner’s Concerto for Two Pianos, written for Katia and Marielle Labèque, was toured in Europe in 2018/2019. A recent commission for YMusic was facilitated by a Baryshnikov scholarship, and in March 2019, Roomful of Teeth and Brad Wells presented a major new theatre piece by Dessner integrating the work of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Future projects include a stage work with Enda Walsh and a concerto for Pekka Kuusisto, plus this commission by the Fondation Louis Vuitton for La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon. Dessner also wrote the score for the forthcoming Netflix film The Pope directed by Fernando Meirelles, recorded at London’s Abbey Road Studios. In 2019, Deutsche Grammophon released the album El Chan dedicated to Dessner’s works, featuring Katia and Marielle Labèque. The Metropolitan Museum in New York, for one of its first ever contemporary installations, featured music co-written by Dessner. Also in spring 2019, The National released their latest studio recording, I am Easy to Find, collaborating with film director Mike Mills.  Bryce Dessner lives in Paris.

Jérémy Garbarg

Jérémy Garbarg is the embodiment of France’s new generation of cellists. He won Third Prize and the Audience Award at the International Johannes Brahms competition in Austria and the Viña del Mar competition in Chile. 

His playing style has been described as “profoundly moving and generous” and he now performs regularly in France and abroad. His media appearances include airtime on, Dakapp, France Musique, Le Violoncelle, La Lettre du Musicien, TSF Jazz, and many more outlets.

He has been a guest of the Centre de Musique de Chambre de Paris, the Seiji Ozawa International Academy and many festivals, including Prades-Casals, Palazzetto Bru Zane, Rencontres de Bélaye, Grands Crus of Bourgogne, Rencontres Franco-Américains and Ysaÿe’s Knokke.

His future plans include concerts and recordings with Vincent Mussat, with whom he forms the Duo Morgen, as well as live performances with the Quatuor Lumost, François Salque, Michel Lethiec and others.


He plays a Frank Ravatin cello using a François Peccatte bow and is supported by the Safran Foundation.

Luca Giovannini

Luca Giovannini, born in Rovigo on May 24th 2000, studies with Professor Luca Simoncini. He is Graduate with 10 Lode and Mention in 2017. In 2011, he  won over 30 first prizes  in several national and international contests such as, Grand Prize London, Grand Prize SalzburgRising Stars Berlin, “Crescendo” in  Florence, Città di Riccione, Salieri in Legnago, Città di Forlì, Città di Piove di Sacco, città di Giussano, T.I.M. Paris, Ibla Gran Prize Ragusa, Milan ”Maura Giorgetti” Philarmonic of Teatro Alla Scala, Antonio Janigro in Kroazia, “A. Zinetti” Sanguinetto (VR) Castel San Giovanni, International Music, he got the third prize  Alice & Eleonora Schoenfeld String Competition Harbin (China 2016) and first prizes competition Castrocaro Terme, first prize International Johannes Brahms Competition Pörtschah Wettbewerb Österreich (2018).


He  performed  in various prestige theatres as Museo Casa Barezzi in Busseto,  theatre Philharmonie in Berlin,  Mozarteum in Salzburg, Opera House Harbin (China), Salone dei Cinquecento in Florence, Villa Houck in Switzerland, Sala Maffeiana in Verona, the church “Rotonda” in Rovigo, Auditorium R.L. Montalcini in Riccione, Sale Apollinee Fenice in Venice, Argenta Little Rock Arkansas, Carnegie Hall in NY, Sala degli Affreschi in Milan, Alighieri in Ravenna. He has been a special guest in two national TV broadcasts when he was 11 years old. He attend masterclass with M° D. Geringas ,M° L. Harrell, M° E. Dindo, M° M. Roussi. Now  Luca plays an A. Poggi cello dated 1926, owned by Mario Brunello.

Kanghyun Lee

Started playing cello at 11, gave the first recital at 12 with Haydn’s C Major concerto.

Had numerous recitals, chamber concerts and orchestra concerts in Seoul, Busan, Tongyeong, New York, Tokyo, Fukuoka in great Halls such as Carnegie Hall, Seoul Arts Center, Kumho Art Hall, Fukuoka Symphony Hall. Especially performed D.Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1 in Eb Major at Seoul Arts Center concert hall as a "Rising Star" with Korean Symphony Orchestra. He performed at Tongyeong Festival Orchestra under the direction of Michael Sanderling.

Works by Cassado, Franck, Rachmaninoff that was played as a duo recital in Kumho Art Hall was rebroadcasted on KBS Classic FM.


Selected as a Semi-finalist in the 11th Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition, 1st prize in the Joong-Ang Music Competition in South Korea.


Participated as a player, student in numerous festivals such as the Tongyeong International Music Festival, the Great Mountains Music Festival.


Had Masterclasses with renowned cellists such as David Geringas, Miklos Perenyi, Arto Noras, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Julius Berger, Wen-Sinn Yang, David Finckel.


Participated in International Competitions such as Pablo Casals International Cello Competition, Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition, Naumburg International Competition, George Enescu International Competition, Prague Spring International Competition Currently studying for master’s degree in the Luebeck Musikhochschule with Troels Svane.

Fred Lindberg

Fred Lindberg (b. 1995) started playing cello as a seven-year-old in Stockholm. During his years as a student he has received tutelage from Torleif Thedéen, Jakob Koranyi and Ulrika Edström amongst others. At the moment he is studying the master programme at the Royal College of Music/ Edsberg in Stockholm along with freelancing as a soloist, chamber musician and in orchestras.

Fred has received numerous prizes and awards. Most recently he was awarded the Royal College of Music’s Principal Scholarship, and in February 2018 he was one of five young musicians to be chosen to perform as a soloist with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra through the project ”De Unges Konsert”. Previous solo engagements include performances with the Academic Chapel in Uppsala, Royal College of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, Täby Symphony Orchestra and ”Orkestern Filialen”.


Apart from regularly giving concerts in Sweden, Fred has toured parts of the world playing at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, Admiralspalast in Berlin, and Chicago Symphony Center. He has also performed at several festivals, recently he was invited by Swedish pianist Staffan Scheja to perform at the 33rd edition of Gotland Chamber Music Festival.


He has attended several international courses and had masterclasses with distinguished cellists such as Steven Isserlis, Gary Hoffman, Frans Helmerson, Anner Bylsma and Jerome Pernoo.


Besides playing the cello, Fred is a dedicated singer in the swedish barbershop chorus ”Zero8”. He thrives when he sings in close harmony with fellow choir friends, and being in a choir has been an important aspect of Fred’s musical life. Since the cello is so closely related to the human voice, singing has helped and enriched him in his thoughts around melody and harmony when playing the cello.


The cello he is playing is made in Cremona 2011 by Jens Gösta Johansson.

Florian Pons

Florian Pons was born in 1994 and began playing the cello at the age of six. He studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (CRR) in Toulouse, taking masterclasses with Philippe Muller, then at the CRR in Paris with Raphaël Pidoux. He is currently studying with Marc Coppey at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMDP). Florian has had the opportunity to work with renowned instructors, such as Frans Helmerson, David Geringas, Gary Hoffman, Boris Andrianov and Seiji Ozawa, and even Nobuko Imai, Peter Bruns and Alexander Rudin. In 2011, he was part of the Orchestre Français des Jeunes and, in 2015, attended the Seiji Ozawa International Academy.  

Yves Henri invited him to play Chopin’s Cello Sonata in G minor at the 2013 Chopin Festival. He has won First Prize at numerous competitions, including Vatelot, Louis Rosoor, Léopold Bellan and Epernay. In 2013, before enrolling at the CNSMDP, he reached the semi-finals at the International Johannes Brahms competition in Pörtschach, Austria. In 2016, he attained the quarter-finals of the Leipzig International Johann Sebastian Bach Competition and, in November of that year, won the Aulnay-sous-Bois Concours International de Violoncelle Tremplin, which would give him the chance to perform Dvořák’s Cello Concerto twice backed by an orchestra. In February 2018, he reached the semi-finals at the Witold Lutoslawski International Cello Competition. He would then perform the first movement of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto at the opening concert of the Super Cello Festival in Beijing, China. He just recently reached the semi-finals at both the Enesco and Schoenfeld competitions.

Alejandro Viana

Alejandro Viana was born in Madrid in 1996. He begins his studies of cello at age  of 7 years old. In 2013 wins the Extraordinary Prize of Degree in Conservatory P. Soler de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Madrid). He studies with the teacher María de Macedo, and continued his studies under Lluis Claret in Barcelona. Currently he studies in Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía under Ivan Monighetti, and previously with Natalia Shakhoskaya. He has received masterclasses from teachers like Raphaël Pidoux, Christophe Coin, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Wolfang Boetcher, Amit Peled, Wolfgang E. Schmidt, Claudio Bohórquez, Daniel Grosgurin, Stephan Forck, Alexander Rudin, Gary Hoffman, Jens-Peter Maintz, Menahem Presler, Gidon Kremer, Frans Helmerson and Truls Mork.

He has participated in IMS Prussia Cove, Rutesheim Festival and Santander Festival, playing with maestros like Zakhar Bron, Ivan Monighetti, Nobuko Imai and Krysztof Penderecki. He has also performed André Previn “Nonet” with Anne-Sophie Mutter. In his school he has been awarded three times with the “Most Outstanding Student” prize.


He has received first prizes in several competitions like International Cello Competition in Liezen (Austria), II Concurso Nacional de Violoncello “Jaime Dobato Benavente” de Alcañiz (Teruel), IX International Cello Competition 'Antonio Janigro' and the Special Award “The Zagreb Soloists” celebrated in Poreč (Croatia), Llanes International Cello Competition, OSPA and Spanish Music Award and International “Karl Davidov” Cello Competition in Kuldiga (Latvia). He is also holder of “Juventudes Musicales” scholarship.


He has played as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra Andrés Segovia, The Zagreb Soloists, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, IUVENTAS Orchestra, Camerata Viesgo and Freixenet Symphonic Orchestra under Plácido Domingo.

The essential

Estimated duration
Masterclass : 2h
Concert : 1h30
Promotion V


  • - Full price €14.00
  • - Reduced student price €10.00
  • - Reduced Price €5.00


The programme


20 and 21 October 2018, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

15 and 16 December 2018, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

20 January 2019, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

20 and 21 April 2019, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

25 and 26 May 2019, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.

28 June 2019, 12:30p.m.-2:30p.m.

29 June 2019, 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m.


21 October 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

16 December 2018, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

20 January 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

21 April 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

26 May 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.

29 June 2019, 8:30 p.m.

Promotion V - Season 2018-2019
Promotion V - Auditions

Promotion V - Laureates

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