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Gautier Capuçon


About this Artist

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st-century ambassador for the cello. Performing internationally with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also a passionate ambassador for the Orchestre à l'École Association, which brings classical music to schoolchildren across France. In January 2022, Gautier Capuçon launched his own foundation to support young and talented musicians at the beginning of their careers, increasing his commitment to young artists. A multiple award winner, he is acclaimed for his expressive musicianship, exuberant virtuosity, and for the deep sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello “L’Ambassadeur.”

Committed to exploring and expanding the cello repertoire, Capuçon performs an extensive array of works each season and regularly premieres new commissions. Current projects include collaborations with Lera Auerbach, Danny Elfman, and Thierry Escaich.

In recital, Capuçon pairs regularly with Frank Braley and Jérôme Ducros. Other chamber music partners include Nikolai Lugansky and Gabriela Montero as well as Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Lisa Batiashvili, Renaud Capuçon, Leonidas Kavakos, Andreas Ottensamer, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Daniil Trifonov, Yuja Wang, the Labèque sisters, and the Artemis, Ébène, and Hagen quartets.

Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Capuçon holds an extensive discography. His latest album, Sensations, released in the fall of 2022, explores short pieces from a range of different genres.

Capuçon has been featured on DVD in live performances with the Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, and with Lisa Batiashvili, Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden, and Christian Thielemann. A household name in his native France, he also appears on screen and online in shows such as Prodiges, Now Hear This, and The Artist Academy, and is a guest presenter on Radio Classique in the show Les Carnets de Gautier Capuçon.

Born in Chambéry, France, 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.