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

The Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle, created and led by Gautier Capuçon, is geared towards six young talented cellists from all over the world selected on the basis of an application dossier and live audition.


The Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle returns to the Fondation auditorium for its fifth season from October 2018 to June 2019. The six participants will meet monthly for three to four days’ work sessions.


Made up of a series of artistic and professional coaching sessions, the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle offers participants a comprehensive training opportunity intended to complement participants’ musical education, under the guidance of Gautier Capuçon. Throughout the season, the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle also hosts a number of outside speakers who are invited to present ancillary aspects of a musician’s life and career, such as personal management, work structure, life on the road, press relations, stress management, overall well-being and physical issues.


The project takes a new step this year by proposing to the participants a complete session with orchestra in January 2019. In collaboration with the Paris National Conservatory of Music, the laureates will be attributed a movement of one of Haydn’s concertos each. They will be conducted by Nicolas Chalvin and Gautier Capuçon.

This harmonious blend of masterclasses, orchestral experience and professional workshops allows each of the students of the promotion to develop at his own rhythm during the season through an experience as musically intense as humanly enriching.


As part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s mission to promote artistic creation in all its different forms and media, this unique project of residence open to the public in a museum stands as a “musical lab”.


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. In an educational approach, the project is closely followed by, which broadcast, sometimes live, the masterclasses and concerts of the season.


The Fondation Louis Vuitton also values musical creation and honors today’s composers. Every year, for now three years in a row, the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle is the opportunity of a commission for 7 cellos. For this fifth edition, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has commissioned the composer Krzysztof Penderecki. The piece will be premiered on the last concert of the season, Saturday June 29th, 2019.


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.

@gautiercapucon. Instagram/Twitter

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

The essential

Promotion V


Schedule for the Selection Process

24th September 2018

Application form deadline (via e-mail only)
6 p.m. (French time)


1st October 2018

Final auditions announcement


18th October 2018

Public auditions in Paris – 1st round


19th October 2018

Public auditions in Paris – 2nd round
Results announced

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