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 / 31


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 French 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. Following this, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern. 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. Im 2000 he was „Rising Star“ and „New Talent of the Year“ (Victoires de la Musique) and won the „Prix Georges Enesco“ (Sacem) in 2006.

As a soloist at the highest level, Renaud Capuçon performs with orchestras such as Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden und Berlin, Orchestre de Paris, Orchestre Philharmonique und National de France, London Symphony and Philharmonia Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Orchestra di Santa Cecilia Rom and in the US with New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston and Chicago Symphony und Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as in Asia with the NHK-Symphony Orchestra Tokyo and Seoul Philharmonic. He loves to perform with chamber orchestras, i.e. Scottish and Mahler Chamber Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. The conductors Renaud Capuçon works with are Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Myung-Whun Chung, Gustavo Dudamel, Charles Dutoit, Christoph Eschenbach, Daniele Gatti, Bernard Haitink, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Andris Nelsons, Yannik Nézet-Séguin, Jonathan Nott, Matthias Pintscher, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Lahav Shani und Tugan Sokhiev.


Highlights of the 2016/17 season are concerts with the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and Louis Langrée, Vienna Symphony and Robin Ticciati, Gürzenich Orchester Köln and François-Xavier Roth, Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and SWR-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart with David Afkham. Beside all major violin concertos he especially cares about contemporary works and has world-premiered several pieces, such as the concertos by Pacal Dusapin, Wolfgang Rihm und Bruno Mantovani. These three will be released on CD in the beginning of 2017.

Renaud Capuçon is a passionate chamber-musician and has worked with artists such as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Frank Braley, Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Gérard Caussé, Hélène Grimaud, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mørk, Maria João Pires, Vadim Repin und Jean-Yves Thibaudet and of course with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon. In 2016/17 he gives chamber music concerts at the Schubertiade with David Kadouch, at the Mozartwoche Salzburg and the Mozartfest Würzburg with Kit Armstrong and Christiane Karg and in the newly opened Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with Daniel Müller-Schott and others.

Renaud Capuçon records exclusively with Warner Classics/Erato. His recent recordings are a duo-CD of works by Franck, Grieg and Dvořák with the pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and the violin concertos of Bruch and Lalo with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi.

In June 2016 Renaud Capuçon was named as “Knight of the Legion of Honour" in France. He is the co-founder and Artistic Director of the Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence and has recently been appointed Artistic Director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad. He holds a violin professorship at the University of Lausanne and supports young musicians with the „Zegna & Music Project“.

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

SEASON 2016/2017


“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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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