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Renaud Capucon

  • Violinist


Renaud Capuçon: When the French Victoires de la Musique nominated Renaud Capuçon as “New Talent of the Year” in 2000 and an international jury named him “Rising Star 2000”, they confirmed his place among the leading violinists of his generation. Renaud Capuçon was born in Chambéry in 1976 and began studying at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of 14 with Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds. In 1992, he was awarded First Prize for Chamber Music and in 1993, First Prize for violin with a special distinction from the jury. In 1995, he won the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts and went on to study with Thomas Brandis and later, Isaac Stern.

Mr. Capuçon, by special invitation from Claudio Abbado, held the position of the concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, having the opportunity to work with Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst and Claudio Abbado. He has performed with prestigious orchestras such as Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Komischer-Oper Berlin, NDR Hamburg Orchester, WDR Köln Orchester, Montréal Symphony, Jerusalem Symphony, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Monte-Carlo, and Toulouse Orchestras, Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre National de France, Orchestre de Paris, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, Copenhagen Royal Orchestra, Swedish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonia Varsovia, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, City of Birmingham Symphony, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Firenze Maggio Musicale Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Scala di Milano, Rome Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Lausanne and Zurich Chamber Orchestras.

He has also worked with world renowned conductors such as Christian Arming, Myung-Whun Chung, Jean-Claude Casadesus, Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph Eschenbach, Ivan Fischer, Hans Graf, Daniel Harding, Gunther Herbig, Armin Jordan, Philippe Jordan, Emmanuel Krivine, Marc Minkowski, John Nelson, Michel Plasson, David Robertson, Michael Schonwandt, Leif Segerstram, and Wolfgang Sawallisch. In November 2002, he made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker under Bernard Haitink. He has recently performed with the Orchestre de Paris/Eschenbach, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris/John Nelson, Tokyo Philharmonic and Roma Santa Cecilia Orchestra/Chung, City of Birmingham Symphony/Marc Minkowski, as well as the orchestras of Jerusalem, Liège, Manchester, Monte-Carlo and Montréal.