"Classes d'excellence de violoncelle" - Gautier Capuçon

2014-2015 Season - 28 March 2015 Promotion I

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"Classes d'excellence de violoncelle" - Gautier Capuçon

The "Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle", under the direction of Gautier Capuçon, is geared towards six young cellists at the end of their studies or who have recently graduated from a “conservatoire national supérieur” (or its international equivalent) and are starting their professional career. These musicians, selected on the basis of an application dossier and live audition, will be given the privilege to work on a musical program with Gautier Capuçon and other occasional professional guests of the project.

The aim of this “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” is to give six participants the chance to deepen their musical training and explore various issues concerning today’s professional musician.  Beginning in December 2014, the class will meet on a monthly basis at the Fondation Louis Vuitton for a series of three-day sessions. Each session will close with a one and a half hour  public concert, during which time participants will have the opportunity to present their work. Sessions focused on career-related issues will also be organised under the tutelage of Gautier Capuçon, featuring specialists and other professionals in the field. At the end of the season, on 13 and 14 June 2015, two closing sessions will be presented to the public at the Auditorium of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle”, which will consist of a series of artistic and professional coaching sessions, offers participants a comprehensive training opportunity intended to complement participants’ formal musical education. Gautier Capuçon, as mediator and mentor, will encourage exchange and innovation, and will accompany each participant in his or her personal artistic journey.


As part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s mission to promote artistic creation in all its different forms and media, 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.  During their time at the Fondation, which will be spent alongside great artists and talented professionals, participants will have the opportunity to develop their individual projects, to explore and appreciate the subtleties of a career as a performing artist, and to be exposed to new musical and  otherwise artistic perspectives.

The presentation of the 6 "lauréats" will be on line on november, 26th.

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

Nathan Chan

21 years old

American, living in New-York (USA)

He received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Columbia University in 2014

currently attends The Juilliard School and studies with David Finckel and Richard Aaron, where he won the 2013 Juilliard Cello Concerto Competition playing Strauss's "Don Quixote" under Leonard Slatkin

Mr. Chan is a recipient of the prestigious 2012 Davidson Fellowship for his work, “The Importance of Passion”.    

Yoon-Kyung Cho

25 years old

Korean, living in London (UK)

She received a Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University with a high distinction and studied at the Juilliard School for a Master of Music with Timothy Eddy

She is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma at the Royal College of Music with Melissa Phelps, as an RCM Scholar supported by a Henri Cowell Soiree d’Or Award

She won Second Prize at the Johannes Brahms International Competition in  Pörtschach (Austria) and the Concerto Competition at Royal College of Music.

Second Prize at the Johannes Brahms International Music Competition in Austria

Julia Hagen

19 years old

Austrian, living in Salzbourg (AU)

At the age of 14 she entered the university „Mozarteum“ and studied there with Prof. Enrico Bronzi for four years. 2011 she was accepted at the university of music in Vienna. First she studied there with Prof. Reinhard Latzko. Since 2013 she is student of Prof.Heinrich Schiff

She was the winner of the international Liezen Cello competition in 2010 and was awarded with the ESTA special prize at the international Johannes-Brahms-Wettbewerb in 2014.

Javier Martinez Campos

25 years old

Spanish, living in Düsseldorf (DE)

He studied violoncello with Iagoba Fanlo and composition at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, finishing both Bachelors with Honors

He got a Master of Music and studies a Master “Orchesterspiel” at the Robert Schumann Hochschule of Düsseldorf and the Orchesterzentrum/NRW of Dortmund with Gregor Horsch (principal cello of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam)

He has been awarded with 21 prizes in composition, cello and chamber music, like the 9th International Composition Contest for Orchestra "Andrés Gaos", the IV International Composition Contest "Cittá di Sinnai" 2012 (Sardinia, Italy), nomination for the "Hollywood in Music Media Awards" (California, USA), "II Internationaler Knopf Cello Wettberwerb" (Germany), etc.

Aurélien Pascal

20 years old

French, living in Paris

He got a degree of DEM musical studies, of musical culture and of "musique de chambre à l'unanimité" at the conservatory of Paris. He won the first prize of cello at CRR of Rueil Malmaison he studied with Marie-Paule Milone.

He is student at the CNSMDP and attends the Philippe Müller's classe.

2nd prize at the International Paulo competition (Helsinki) in 2013

1st prize at the "Grand Prix Emmanuel Feuermann" (Berlin) with the Public Prize and the Prize for the best interpretation of Toch concerto, in 2014.    

Nil Kocamangil

25 years old

Turkish, living in Paris (FR)

She completed her studies with two masters diploma, firstly from the class of Prof. Claus Kanngiesser at "Hfmt Köln" in 2012 and then the class of Prof. Marc Coppey  “CNSMDP” in 2014. At the moment she is studying chamber music at CNSMDP in the class of Itamar Golan and at CRR de Paris in the class of Miguel Da Silva.

She has been awarded with many prizes at competitions like the 3rd prize at Antonio Janigro International Cello Competition (Croatia), 1st prize at the International Young Musicians Competition (Italy), 3rd prize at the Liezen International Cello Competition (Austria) and others.

The essential

28 March 2015 Promotion I

Free entrance to concerts with your Fondation's ticket.




Session 1 11 & 12th of december, 2014


Session 2 17 & 18th of january, 2015


Session 3 8 & 9th of february, 2015


Session 4 27 & 28the of march, 2015


Session 5 22nd & 23rd of may 2015


Session 6 14 & 15th of june, 2015 - Last session of master classe 2014-2015

Public Masterclasse

12th of december 2014 :    

from 11am to 1pm

17th of january 2015 : 

from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

18th of january 2015 :

from  11:30 am to 1:30 pm 

8th of february 2015 :            

from  11:30 am to 1:30 pm

9th of february 2015 :

from  12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

27th of march 2015 :                     

from 12:30 am to 2:30 pm

28th of march 2015 :

from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

23rd of may 2015 :

from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm

14th of june 2015 :

from  11:30 am to 1:30 pm

15th of june 2015 :

from 12:30 am to 2:30 pm  


12th of december 2014 :    

Concert of lauréats from 6:30pm to 8pm

18th of january 2015 :

 Concert of lauréats from 5pm to 6:30 pm 

9th of february 2015 :

 Concert of lauréats from 6:30 pm to 8pm

28th of march 2015 :

 Concert of lauréats from 5pm to 6:30 pm



23rd of may 2015 :

 Concert of lauréats from 5pm to 6:30 pm

15th of june 2015 :

 Concert of lauréats from 6:30 pm to 8 pm

Masterclasse of March 28th, 2015

Masterclasse of January 18th, 2015

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