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.

 

 

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).

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 AcademyProdiges, 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

The programme of the season

Masterclasses

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.

Concerts

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