Renaud Capuçon, violinist
Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Paris Conservatory at the age of fourteen, winning numerous awards during his studies there. Subsequently, he studied with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern in Berlin, and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, which he led for three summers. Since then, Renaud Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He has appeared with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink and David Robertson, the Boston Symphony under Christoph von Dohnanyi, Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach and the Simon Bolivar Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. He also appears regularly in solo recitals, most recently performing the complete Beethoven violin sonata cycle worldwide. An active chamber musician, he has worked with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Maria João Pires, Mikhail Pletnev, Vadim Repin, Yuri Bashmet and Truls MúÌrk, as well as with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon. These collaborations have taken him to the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg, Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d'AnthéÌron, San Sebastian, Stresa, Tanglewood and others. Since 2007, Renaud Capuçon has been an Ambassador for the Zegna Music project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values. He plays the Guarneri del Gesu Panette (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI). In 2011 he was appointed Chevalier dans l'Ordre National du Mérite by the French Government.