French violinist Renaud Capuçon is one of the world’s most beloved musicians. Renaud is firmly established as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, working with the top international orchestras and conductors and performing in the most prestigious venues.
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 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 the Simon Bolivar Orchestra with Dudamel.
Upcoming concerto engagements include concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra with Harding, City of Birmingham Symphony with Morlot, Philadelphia Orchestra with Bychkov, Chicago Symphony with Nezet-Seguin, and NY Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle and Wiener Philharmoniker.
Capuçon also tours extensively as a solo recitalist and will perform complete cycles of the Beethoven violin sonatas with pianist Frank Braley around the world during the coming seasons.
Capuçon has a great commitment to chamber music and has worked with Argerich, Barenboim, Bronfman, 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 he was recently appointed Artistic Director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad.
Recording exclusively with EMI/Virgin Classics, Capuçon has built an extensive discography. Recent 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. His latest chamber music recording is a disc of Frank, Grieg and Dvorak 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.
Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI). In June 2011 he was appointed “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French Government.
HR Symphony Frankfurt
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Philharmonique de Radio France
Filarmonica della Scala
Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Roma
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Los Angeles Philharmonic
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (Beethoven cycle)
Simon Bolivar Symphony
Budapest Festival Orchestra Asia Tour / Iván Fischer
Scottish Chamber Orchestra European Tour / Robin Ticciati
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande / Sami Vänskä
Festival Strings Lucerne
Chamber music partners
One of today's outstanding violinists
Capuçon played with a panache, sensitivity and sizzling virtuosity that sent all those great tunes soaring.
Renaud Capucon […] proved once again that in terms of thrilling depth of tone his equal is hard to find among violinists today. It’s a law of nature that the higher a violin goes, the less rich its tone can appear, but Capucon somehow defied this...