ViolinRenaud Capuçon
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„The soloist was Renaud Capuçon, who proved once again that in terms of thrilling depth of tone his equal is hard to find among violinists today.“

The Daily Telegraph
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Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numerous awards during his five years there. Following this, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern, and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concert master of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest and Abbado himself.

Since then, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He has played concerti with orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker under Haitink and Robertson, the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Dohnanyi, the Orchestre de Paris under Eschenbach and Paavo Järvi, Philharmonique de Radio France and Filarmonica della Scala orchestras with Chung, Orchestre National de France and Gatti and Gergiev, and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra and Los Angeles Philharmonic with Dudamel.


Recent concerto engagements include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra with François-Xavier Roth, Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Jaap van Zweden, Detroit Symphony Orchestra with Leonard Slatkin, Los Angeles Philharmonic with Matthias Pintscher and Camerata Salzburg with Robin Ticciati. Capuçon also tours extensively as a solo recitalist and will perform in play directs with various groups such as Camerata Salzburg, Festival Strings Lucerne and Kammerorchester Basel.

Capuçon has a great commitment to chamber music and has worked with Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Barenboim, Bronfman, Yuja Wang, Buniatishvili, Grimaud, Pires, Pletnev, Repin, Bashmet and Mørk, as well as with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon. These collaborations have taken him, among others, to the festivals of Edinburgh, Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastian, Stresa, Tanglewood and Salzburg.
He is the Artistic Director of the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence which he founded in 2013 and was appointed Artistic Director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad in 2016. He is teaching violin at the High School of Music in Lausanne since 2014.

Capuçon records exclusively for Erato (formerly Virgin Classics). His most recent recording is of Bartók Violin Concertos with the London Symphony Orchestra and François-Xavier Roth. Former releases include Bach and Vasks Concertos as conductor and soloist with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Brahms and Berg Concertos with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Daniel Harding. He has recorded the sonatas of Frank, Grieg and Dvořák sonatas with Khatia Buniatishvili. His recording of Fauré’s complete chamber music for strings with Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capuçon, Michel Dalberto, Gérard Caussé and Ebène Quartet won the Echo Klassik Prize for chamber music in 2012. His compilation “Le Violon Roi” received the “Disque d’Or” and his latest recording of contemporary concerti by Rihm, Dusapin and Montovani was nominated the best recording by French Victoires de la Musique 2017 and awarded the Echo Klassik Prize in 2017.

Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern. In June 2011 he was appointed “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” and in March 2016 “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur” by the French Government.

SEASON 2017/2018


“And Renaud Capuçon? One noticed how much he loves this Lalo by his intense, impulsive interpretation […]. Even more: how much he has grown into it. He over-indulged in his Melos with superior ease, with Verve he focused on rhythmicity and in the high-spirited final rondo he showed up his virtuosity on the Guarneri, that his teacher Isaac Stern once played.”

Die Presse, Walter Dobner, 01.03.2018

“[Pianist Bertrand Chamayou] is joined by Edgar Moreau in the Cello Sonata and Renaud Capuçon in the violin work. (…) Capuçon, Moreau and Chamayou play it very winningly.”

The Guardian, Andrew Clements, 01.11.2017 (Debussy: Sonatas and Trio CD review)

“Capuçon’s violin soars high above a descending chaconne bass in the slow middle movement, creating a beautiful glowing sonic halo.”

Gramophone, Pwyll ap Siôn, 05.2017 (CD with Glass Violin concerto (Bruckner Orchestra Linz, Dennis Russel Davies))

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Bartók: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2François-Xavier Roth - London Symphony OrchestraMar. 2018, Erato (Warner), CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Rihm Dusapin MantovaniWiener Symphoniker, Orchestre de l'Opéra national de Paris, Philippe Jordan (Rihm and Mantovani) Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Myung-Whun Chung (Dusapin)Nov. 2016, Erato, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Renaud Capuçon: Lalo, Sarasate, BruchLalo, Bruch, Sarasate Renaud Capuçon, Paavo Järvi, Orchestre de Paris – 2016Jan. 2016, Warner Classic, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Franck, Grieg and DvořákSonatas for violin and piano by Franck, Grieg und DvořákOct. 2014, Erato (Warner), CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Distant Light: Bach / Vasks Violin Concertos„Distant Light“: Bach / Vasks Violin Concertos, Bach: BWV 1041 + 1042 / Vasks: Distant Light Renaud Capuçon, Violin and Leader, Chamber Orchestra of EuropeMar. 2014, Erato (Warner), CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Saint-Saëns: La Muse et le PoèteSaint-Saëns: La Muse et le Poète and violin concert No. 3 / cello concerto No. 1 Renaud Capuçon, Violin, Gautier Capuçon, Cello, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Lionel ...Oct. 2013, Erato (Warner), CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Brahms and Berg Violin ConcertosViolin concertos by Brahms und Berg Renaud Capuçon, Violin, Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Harding (conductor)Sep. 2012, Plg Classics (Warner), CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon