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13.11.2012

WHO IS… Renaud Capuçon ?

Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon studied at the Paris National Conservatoire with Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds, and then with Thomas Brandis in Berlin and Isaac Stern. In 1998, Claudio Abbado chose him as Konzertmeister of the Gustav Mahler Judengorchester. In 2000, he was designated “Rising Star” and “New talent of the Year” at the Victoires de la Musique and then “Instrumental Solist of the Year” in 2005. In 2006, he won the Geroges Enesco Prize given by the Sacem. Renaud Capuçon collaborates with the world’s most prestigious conductors and orchestras like the Berlin Philharmonic with Bernard Haitink or David Robertson, the Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, the Paris orchestra with Wolfgang Sawallish or Christophe Eschenbach, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France with Myung-Whun Chung, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Semyon Bychkov, the Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, and many more. With a passion for chamber music, he also participates in the biggest festivals like the Gstaad, La Roque d’Anthéron, Lucerne, Lugano, Menton, Saint-Denis, Rheingau Verbier … In Summer 2012, he was at the Salzburg festival conducted by Ivot Bolton, and at the Hollywood Bowl Festival with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Lionel Bringuier.

He is the founder and artistic director of the new Easter festival of Aix en Provence.

Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri des Gesù “Panette” (1737) who belonged to Issac Stern, bought for him by the Italian Swiss Bank.

Among the titles of its discography, there is a CD of the Brahms and Berg concertos with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Daniel Harding, which has just been released.

He was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite in June 2011.