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
4 / 28


With his broad repertoire and his well-established career as a brilliant violin soloist and sought-after chamber-music partner, Renaud Capuçon is one of the leading violinists of his generation.

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, Capuçon was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, which he led for three summers, working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst and Abbado himself.

As a soloist at the highest level, Renaud Capuçon performs with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, London Symphony, Mahler Chamber and Boston Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, L.A. Philharmonic and National Symphony Orchestra Washington. He has a close relationship to conductors including Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Robin Ticciati, Gustavo Dudamel, Christoph Eschenbach, Alain Altinoglu, Daniel Harding and Antonio Pappano.

Engagements in 2015/16 include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Chicago Symphony, NY Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle and Vienna Philharmonic.

Renaud Capuçon is a passionate chamber-musician and has worked with artists such as Argerich, Barenboim, Bronfman, Buniatishvili, Grimaud, Pires, Repin, Bashmet and Mørk, as well as with his brother, the cellist Gautier Capuçon. His regular piano partners are Frank Braley, with whom he recorded all Beethoven violin sonatas; and Khatia Buniatishvili, with whom he published recently a recording with works by C. Franck, Grieg and Dvořák. Chamber music collaborations have taken him also to the festivals of Edinburgh, Berlin, Lucerne, Salzburg, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastian, Stresa, Tanglewood.

Capuçon is the Artistic Director of the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence which he founded in 2013, and he has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.

Recording exclusively with EMI/Virgin Classics, Capuçon has built an extensive discography. Recent releases include concertos by Bach and Vasks, Brahms and Berg, Beethoven and Korngold and Saint-Saëns. 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.

Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI).

SEASON 2015/2016


“The violinist Renaud […] was playing the first movement of the Saint-Säens Violin Concerto No. 3 with quick figurations, clear bell-like trills and a sense of adventure too often missing from this music. With Mr. Dutoit's expert accompaniment, Mr. Capuçon held the audience rapt in the slow second movement. […] And the audience listened as the sweet song of his fiddle cut cleanly through the Central Park night. The gentle Adagio led directly into the slightly wild finale, with Mr. Capuçon soloing freely over the main melodic theme, dazzling the audience with ornamentations and filigree, simultaneously elegant and eloquent.”

Superconductor Blogspot, Paul J. Pelkonen, 21.06.15

“The violinist Renaud Capuçon made a notable Philharmonic debut in Saint-Saëns’ Concerto No. 3, playing with coppery tone, understated tenderness in the slow movement and charming daring in the finale.”

New York Times, Zachary Woolfe, 20.06.15

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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 Dvořák Renaud Capuçon, violin – Khatia Buniatishvili, pianoOct. 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