La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle

de Gautier Capuçon

Concert de La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon, le 20 janvier 2019, à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq
La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon

Concert de La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon, le 20 janvier 2019, à la Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. © Fondation Louis Vuitton / Martin Raphaël Martiq

Every year since 2014, the Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle de Gautier Capuçon takes place in the Auditorium of the Fondation. This project, created and directed by Gautier Capuçon, is designed to promote six young and talented cellists from around the world. Selected by audition, the laureates meet each month for public work sessions and concerts.



As part of the Fondation’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, spent alongside great artists and talented professionals, participants will have the singular 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.


Gautier Capuçon

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing internationally 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. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.

Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, Capuçon performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. His current projects include performing the world premiere of Tabachnik’s cello concerto “Summer” and collaborations with Lera Auerbach, Danny Elfman, Thierry Esciach and Krzysztof Penderecki.

In the 19/20 season Capuçon appears with, amongst others, the philharmonic orchestras of Los Angeles/Philippe Jordan, Czech Republic/Semyon Bychkov, and Rotterdam/Valery Gergiev; the symphony orchestras of St. Louis/Stephen Deneve, Singapore/Vladimir Ashkenazy, and Bavarian Radio/Gianandrea Noseda; and hr-Sinfonieorchester/Alain Altingolu. He tours Europe and the USA with Leipzig Gewandhausorchester/Andris Nelsons and San Francisco/Michael Tilson Thomas, and is this season’s Artist-in-Residence with the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano.

As a chamber musician, this season he performs on tour with Yuja Wang in venues such as Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Vienna Konzerthaus, Barbican Centre London, and Philharmonie Paris, as well as with Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley, Jérôme Ducros, and Leonadis Kavakos. Other regular recital partners include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, 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 of Schumann works was recorded live with Martha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Bernard Haitink. Capuçon’s next album, to be released in December 2019, was recorded with Yuja Wang and features sonatas by Chopin and Franck. 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; Schubert’s String Quintet with the Ébène Quartet; and Intuition, an album of encores recorded with Paris Chamber Orchestra/Douglas Boyd and Jérôme Ducros.

Capuçon has been featured on DVD in live performances with the Berliner Philharmoniker/Gustavo Dudamel (Haydn Cello Concerto No.1) and with Lisa Batiashvili, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and Christian Thielemann (Brahm’s Concerto for Violin and Cello). A household name in his native France, he also appears on screen and online in shows such as Prodiges, Now Hear This, and The Artist Academy, and from Autumn 2019 will be a guest presenter on Radio Classique.

Born in Chambéry, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. Now, he performs with world leading orchestras, works with conductors such as Lionel Bringuier, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and collaborates with contemporary composers including Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban

Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Bryce Dessner, Jerome Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann.

Samuel Parent

Samuel Parent is born in 1982 in Vaucluse, France.

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 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.

During 15 years, Samuel Parent was the pianist of the Trio con Fueco, an ensemble which was rewarded by many international competitions (Illzach, Florence, Heerlen…). With the Trio con Fuerco, he performed in several festivals (Aix-en-Provence, la Roque d’Anthéron, Flâneries musicales de Reims) and on the global stage, including concerts in Morocco, Spain, The Netherlands, India and Central America.

As a highly sought-after chamber musician, he has performed with several artists such as Gautier Capuçon, the quatuor Ebène, Hugues Borsarello, the quatuor Van Kuijk, Henri Demarquette, Olivier Patey, Erik Berchot, Ami Flammer, Frédéric Aguessy, Emmanuel Christien, Mathilde Borsarello-Herrmann, Karen Vourc'h, Mari Eriksmoen... He has played in prestigious venues such as the Palace of Music in Valencia, the Musical Summits of Gstaad or the musical season of Schloss Elmau. In France, Samuel Parent had played at the Pianoscope Festival in Beauvais, the Colmar Festival, the Chambord Festival, the Festival Musique en Côte Basque, the Printemps de la Grande au Lac as well as the Salle Gaveay 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. In 2019, Samuel Parent is one of the official accompanists for the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Bruxelles. 

The programme of the season


The laureates meet each month in the Auditorium for public work sessions and concerts.


Friday 15 November 2019, 12.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. 

Saturday 16 November 2019, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Saturday 14 December 2019, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. 

Sunday 15 December 2019, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Saturday 7 March 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

sunday 8 March 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. 

Friday 10 April 2020, 12.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.

Saturday 11 April 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. 

Saturday 16 May 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Sunday 17 May 2020,  11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Friday 19 June 2020, 12.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. 

Saturday 20 June 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.


Saturday 16 November 2019, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Sunday 15 December 2019, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Sunday 8 March 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Saturday 11 April 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Sunday 17 May 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

Saturday 20 June 2020, 8.30 p.m. : closing concert