Public Masterclass

Sunday 8 March 2020

11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Every year since 2014, La Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle takes place in the Auditorium of the Fondation. Created and directed by Gautier Capuçon, this project of transmission is designed to promote six young and talented cellists from around the world. 


From November 2019 to June 2020, Gautier Capuçon and the laureates of the 6th promotion will meet for 6 sessions of workshop : two public work sessions and a concert. Throughout the year, follow the evolution of these music prodigies, guided by Capuçon's expert advices. 


Season 2019/2020 will end with a closing concert, on Saturday 20 June 2020 at 8.30 p.m. 

The artists

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. 


Ildikó SZABó was the winner of the 2nd Prize, the Audience Award, and 7 Special Prizes at the 2014 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition. She is also a top prize winner of the German Music Competition, TONALi, Popper International Competition, Janigro International Competition, and Liezen International Competition. 

She has appeared as a soloist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Ivan Fischer, the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Magdeburgische Philharmonie, and the Martinu Philharmonic Orchestra. She made her debut at Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in June 2019 and the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival in 2018. The same summer, she appeared at the Mendelssohn Festival with Hamburger Symphoniker. In April 2017, Ildikó made her recital debut at the Berlin Konzerthaus, invited by her mentor Sir Alfred Brendel. Previous festival invitations have included the Verbier Festival, Piatigorsky Festival Los Angeles, Krzyzowa Music, Holland Music Sessions.

Her interest in working with living composers has led her to collaborate with Peter Eötvös and Gyorgy Kurtag. In January 2019 she was awarded the Special Prize for Best Interpretation of the Commissioned Work at the Mendelssohn Competition and premiered Christian Jest's Lautlos II at the Konzerthaus Berlin. In April 2019 with Concerto Budapest, she played the Budapest Premiere of the Rözsa Concerto nearly 50 years after it was composed.


Ildikó is a scholarship holder of the Study Foundation of the German Nation and currently plays an Antonio Sgarbi cello (Rome, 1894), generously loaned by the German Foundation of Musical Life. 


Umut SAğLAM started his cello studies in 2009 in Hacettepe University State Conservatory with Tufan Tahir Taiga. In 2014, he entered Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with Dilbag Tokay. Then in 2016, he started studying at the Barenboim-Said Academy with Claudius Popp.

He is the winner of several awards, among which the second prize in the International Competition of German and Austrian Music "Magic" in 2015, the first prize of the 25th Young Musician International Competition "Citta di Barletta", the first prize in the "International Young Talents Competition" in 2017, the first prize in the Gaetano Zinetti Music Competition in Italy and the "Tremplin" International Cello Competition in France in 2018. He also performed with the pianist Eren Aydoğan at the "Rising Stars Concert Series" held by Is Sanat, and was awarded first prize and the "Meriç Soylu Special Award".


He made his first debut as a soloist at 15 under the baton of the Turkish conductor Gurer Aykal. Since then, he performed as a soloist with various orchestras such as Bakirkoy Chamber Orchestra, Ankara Youth Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra and the Presidential Symphony Orchestra of Turkey.


Umut also followed masterclasses and shared the stage with artists such as Daniel Barenboim, Jorg Widmann, Steven lsserlis, Gary Hoffman, Claudio Bohorquez, among others. In 2018 he was invited by Maestro Daniel Barenboim to be a part of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.


Since 2017, Umut is a scholar of the "Young Musicians on World Stages"(YMWS) project mentored by Guher & Suher Pekinel, supported by the Tüpra$ Company. He currently studies with Frans Helmerson at the Barenboim-Said Akademie and plays on a Nicolas Lupot cello made in 1810 in Paris, generously provided by the YMWS Project. 


Daniel THORELL is a cellist from Stockholm, Sweden. Though only 21-years old he has already had great success as a soloist and a chamber musician, both nationally and internationally. Praised for his mature and expressive music making he is currently regarded as one of Scandinavias most promising young cellists. He is a first prize winner in no less than seven International competitions, most notably Rovere D'oro (2017) where he was also awarded gold medal. In May of 2019, he was also a major prize winner in the 54th Markneukirchen International Cello Competition. 

Born into a family of musicians, Daniel began playing the cello at the age of five. He made his debut as a soloist at the age of eleven, performing Saint-Saens A-minor Cello Concerto with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Since then he has performed regularly as a soloist with orchestras around Sweden including the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. The season 18/19 included performances playing Rococo-variations, Schumann Cello Concerto and Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, as well as chamber music in festivals in Germany and Scandinavia.


Daniel is currently studying his soloist diploma at the Norwegian Academy of Music with prof. Torleif Thedeen and is often attending masterclasses around the world with a number of renowned teachers including Jens-Peter Mainz, Danjulo lshizaka, Maria Kliegel, Claudio Bohorquez and Antonio Meneses. He is a recipient of numerous scholarships from foundations such as SWEA International Scholarship for the arts and the Royal Swedish Academy of Music.


Daniel is playing a L. Bisiach generously on loan from the Jarnaker Foundation. 


Jan Sekaci was born on in February 2001. He started to play the cello at the age of 10 in his hometown Oradea at the High School of Arts Oradea. Since 2015, he studies with Octavian Lup at the National College of Arts "Dinu Upatti". 

He won many prizes at national and international competitions, among which the 3rd prize at the Antonio Janigro Cello Competition in Porec, Croatia, the 2nd prize at  the Young Virtuosos International Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria, the 1st prize at Klaipeda International Competition, Lithuania, the 1st prize at the ProArt Competition in Khmelnitsky, Ukraine, the 4th prize at the Johannes Brahms competition. He participated at masterclasses held by Marin Cazacu, Octavian Lup, Mihai Marica, Denis Severin, Frans Helmerson, Judith Ermert, Jacob Shaw, Romain Garioud, Raphael Pidoux, Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.

In 2018, Jan was selected as an active participant at the Kronberg Academy Masterclasses, studying with Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt.



Cellist Kim Gaeun (2002) was born in Seoul, South Korea, and began playing the cello at age four. She began her international career in 2012 at the age of 10, winning first place and a special prize at the International Cello Competition 'Antonio Janigro' in Croatia.

She also won the Liezen International Cello Competition in Austria in 2014 and the David Popper VIII International Cello Competition in Hungary in 2015. This year, she was also named the youngest person to qualify for the XVI International Tchaikovsky Competition, one of the world's top three competitions.


She has won the Ewha & Kyunghyang Competition, Sungjung Music Competition, Music Chuncheon Seoul Classical Music Competition, Youngsan Music Competition, Seoul Classical Music Seoul Classical Music Competition, Yewon Seoul Classical Music Competition, Shinhan Music Awards, and more, in Korea, earning recognition for her skills, and was recently selected as a "Samsung Rising Star" and selected as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s "26th Rising Star of Culture and Arts" in Korea.    


Gaeun has also been active in performing with various domestic and foreign orchestras, including Suwon Philharmonic Choir, Incheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Bucheon Philharmonic Orchestra, Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Zagreb Soloists, New World Philharmonic Orchestra, and more, and has been invited to perform in a special concert for the Queen of Belgium and the First Lady of Korea, as well as at the "Antonio Janigro" Cello Festival, Hwaseong Music Festival, Jeju CBS Broadcasting Station Celebration Concert, Seoul Culture Night, March 1st Independence Movement 100th Anniversary Concert, Yewon School 50th Anniversary Concert, and more. In addition to this, she has also played solo concerts at Kumho Art Hall, Kukje Art Hall, Shinhan Art Hall, SELC Hall, Samick Art Hall, and more.


She entered and graduated as the top graduate from Yewon School Department of Music, and graduated as a top graduate from Seoul Arts High School. From 2012 to 2018, she studied at the Korea National Institute for the Gifted in Arts, and in 2019, she passed the special entrance examination for gifted students at the Korea National University of Arts.

Gaeun is currently active as a Jargar Strings artist, and was recently selected as one of the 6 winners of the "Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle" led by Gautier Capuçon, the world's most beloved cellist.


Jeeln You was born in South Korea in 2002 and began studying cello at the age of five. When she was seven she joined the Korea National University Of Arts Preschool under the guidance of Chung Myung-Wha. In 2010 she gave her first concert with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. 

She was then invited to play at the Seoul Spring Festival, and won the first prize at the Osaka International Music Festival. The following year she gave her first recital at the Kumho Prodigy Concert at the age of nice. She was invited by the Blue House (South Korea’s presidential office) to play for the King of Malaysia, and was also a guest musician at the Tongyeon Isangyun International Music Festival.


In 2013, JeeIn won the first prize at the International Dotzauer Competition in Dresden. In the same year, she won the second prize at the Oldenburg International Competition in Germany. The following year, she was awarded first prize at the International Young Musician Competition in Tallinn, Estonia, as well as first prize at the Heran Violoncello Competition in the Czech Republic.


In 2017, JeeIn was invited to perform in a series of recitals by young musicians at the Mozart Hall. The following year, she was chosen as one of the twelve cellists who played at the 20th anniversary of Kumho Prodigy Concert (1998-2018 Here & Now).


At the 2019 Paris Music Competition, JeeIn was awarded the Honour Prize and an opportunity to perform in a prestigious Parisian concert hall in 2020.


She has been studying in Paris since 2016. At the age of 14, she entered the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris in Michel Strauss’ class.

The essential

Sunday 8 March 2020
11.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. - Auditorium

Work sessions take place in the Auditorium and are open to the public with a Fondation's ticket.


Programme of the season


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


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

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

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

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

7 March 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

8 March 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m. 

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

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

16 May 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

17 May 2020,  11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

19 June 2020, 12.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m. 

20 June 2020, 11.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.


16 November 2019, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

15 December 2019, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

8 March 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

11 April 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

17 May 2020, 5.30 p.m. - 7 p.m. 

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

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