Gautier Capuçon is recognised the world over as one of the most charismatic, enchanting and exuberant musicians performing today. He receives consistently high critical praise for his performances with the major orchestras and conductors across the globe, as well as for his recital and chamber music work at many of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals.
Born in Chambéry in 1981, 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. The winner of various first prizes in many leading international competitions, including the International André Navarra Prize, Capuçon was named ‘New Talent of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent of a Grammy) in 2001; in 2004 he received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award since which time he has received several Echo Klassik awards.
Capuçon is a favourite of conductors at the highest level, including Dutoit, Bychkov, Gergiev, Dudamel, Nelsons, Eschenbach, Nézet-Seguin. In recent seasons he has performed with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras, as well as with all of the major orchestras across France. Highlights of his 15/16 season include returns to the Tonhalle-Orchester/Bringuier for a European tour, New York Philharmonic/Bychkov, Chamber Orchestra of Europe/Haitink, Seoul Philharmonic/Tatarnikov, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Dutoit, and Orchestre National de France/Orozco-Estrada
Gautier Capuçon is an Ambassador for Zegna & Music project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values. In October 2014 he launched the “Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle” at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, which will invite selected students to Paris to work with Capucon on a monthly basis in the foundation’s new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry. Gautier Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriller.