Renaud Capuçon


Born: January 27, 1976; Chambéry, France  
Renaud Capuçon has enjoyed a meteoric rise, going from concertmaster in a youth orchestra in the latter 1990s to major artist status by the early 2000s, with all the perks associated with such high rank, including a prestigious recording contract and regular appearances at the world's leading concert venues. Capuçon's brother is cellist Gautier Capuçon, also a front-rank artist who often appears with Renaud on both the concert stage and Read more recordings. Among their more acclaimed collaborations is the 2007 Virgin Classics recording of Brahms' Double Concerto. While Renaud is at home in French fare (Franck, Ravel, Dutilleux, etc.), his repertory is quite broad, taking in a substantial chunk from the German sphere, from Beethoven and Schubert to Mendelssohn, Schumann, and Brahms. But he also performs works by Kodály, Halvorsen, Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Schulhoff, and of contemporary vintage, the 2002 Sonata for violin and cello by Eric Tanguy. Capuçon has recorded mostly for Virgin Classics, but has also appeared on DG, Decca, EMI, and TDK.

Renaud Capuçon was born in Chambéry, France, in 1976. From the age of 14 he studied at the Paris Conservatory, where his most important teachers were Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds. He won first prize there in chamber music performance in 1992, and three years later won the Prize of the Berlin Academy of the Arts. Capuçon then had further studies with Thomas Brandis in Berlin, and would soon take lessons from the most renowned of his teachers, the late Isaac Stern. It is Stern's 1737 Guarneri del Gesù violin that Capuçon uses in performance.

Capuçon accepted an offer in 1997 from conductor Claudio Abbado to serve as concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, a post he would hold for three summers (1998-2000). In 1999 Capuçon began recording exclusively for Virgin Classics and has since amassed a discography of more than 20 CDs and DVDs, some as a secondary player in works recorded for other labels.

In the new century Capuçon has made numerous distinguished debuts with leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, under Haitink (2002), and the Boston Symphony, under Dohnányi (2004). He has appeared in concert across Europe, Asia, and North America and has also made regular appearances at major festivals, such as the London Mostly Mozart, Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence, and Tanglewood. Among Capuçon's recordings is the 2007 Virgin Classics CD of Schubert trios, with Gautier Capuçon on cello and Frank Braley on piano. Read less
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    Bartok: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 / Capucon, Roth, London Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 567459 Release Date: 03/23/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  François-Xavier Roth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Debussy: The Complete Works
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 565660 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 33
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Joachim Raff,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  Cécile Ousset,  Michel Béroff,  Samson François  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  François-Xavier Roth,  Armin Jordan,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène,  Nash Ensemble,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Debussy: Sonates & Trio / Capucon, Moreau, Pahud, Et Al
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 565142 Release Date: 11/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Emmanuel Pahud,  Bertrand Chamayou,  Renaud Capuçon,  Edgar Moreau  ... 
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    Live from the Lugano Festival 2016 / Argerich
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 563837 Release Date: 09/15/2017   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  David Guerrier,  Tedi Papavrami
    Conductor:  Diego Fasolis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Brahms: Piano Works, Violin Sonatas, Piano Trios & Quartets / Angelich
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 563135 Release Date: 08/18/2017   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Nicholas Angelich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Gautier Capuçon,  Frank Braley  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hessen Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Brahms: String Sextets Nos. 1 & 2 Live from Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival 2016
    Label: Wb / Parlophone   Catalog: 560466 Release Date: 04/28/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Marie Chilemme,  Christoph Koncz,  Renaud Capuçon,  Gérard Caussé  ... 
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    Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1 - Bernstein: Serenade / Capucon, Davies, Bruckner Orchester Linz
    Label: Orange Mountain Music   Catalog: 114 Release Date: 04/14/2017  
    Composer:  Philip Glass,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bruckner Orchester Linz
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    Rihm, Dusapin & Mantovani / Capucon, Vienna Symphony, Paris National Opera, France Radio Philharmonic
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 558204 Release Date: 11/04/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Rihm,  Pascal Dusapin,  Bruno Mantovani
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
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    American Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556702 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Samuel Barber,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall,  Peter Donohoe,  Hélène Grimaud,  Sabine Meyer  ... 
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall,  Simon Rattle,  David Zinman,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    100 Best Classics
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556480 Release Date: 08/05/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  George Frideric Handel,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Barry Tuckwell,  Mikhail Rudy,  Maria-Joao Pires  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Kent Nagano,  Sir Thomas Beecham,  Alberto Lysy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Lysy,  St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    20 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556102 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi,  Natalie Dessay  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  Riccardo Muti,  Mariss Jansons  ... 
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    40 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 556099 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Samson François,  Maria Tipo,  Martha Argerich,  Anne Queffélec  ... 
    Conductor:  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  William Christie,  John E. Gardiner,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants,  Emmanuelle Haïm (Conductor/Harpsichord),  Le Concert d'Astrée  ... 
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    Complete Chamber Music Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon / Pires
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002500602 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Edvard Grieg,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Augustin Dumay,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Jian Wang,  Renaud Capuçon  ... 
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    Classical 2016
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555937 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giovanni Pacini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Pappano,  Anja [Soprano Vocal] Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Nello Santi,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Carlo Rizzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion,  Arcangelo,  L'Arpeggiata  ... 
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    Mozart: String Quintets Nos. 1-6
    Label: Belvedere (Dvd)   Catalog: 8004 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Gérard Caussé,  Renaud Capuçon,  Alina Ibragimova,  Léa Hennino  ... 
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    Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole - Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Capucon, Jarvi, Orchestre de Paris
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 554011 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
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    50 Most Beautiful Classical Pieces
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553009 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Zacharias,  Kerstin [Mezzo-soprano Vocal] Meyer,  Frederick Guthrie,  Gré Brouwenstijn  ... 
    Conductor:  David Zinman,  André Cluytens,  David Fray,  Fabio Biondi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Europa Galante,  Les Arts Florissants,  Concentus Musicus Wien
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    Dutilleux: The Centenary Edition
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 553029 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Joel Esher,  Jordan Swaim,  Rachael Plotkin,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi,  Charles Munch,  Georges Prêtre,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sine Nomine String Quartet
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    Piano Legends / Michelangeli, Argerich, Brendel
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: OA 1153BD Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Alfred Brendel,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli,  Martha Argerich,  Paul Gulda  ... 
    Conductor:  Christian Arming
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Carte Blanche  / Martha Argerich
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002357602 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Witold Lutoslawski,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Gabriela Montero,  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Julian Rachlin  ... 
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  • 21.
    Franck, Grieg, Dvorak: Violin Sonatas / Capucon, Buniatishvili
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 625018 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  César Franck,  Edvard Grieg,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Khatia Buniatishvili,  Renaud Capuçon
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    Martha Argerich & Friends - Live from Lugano 2013
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631220 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Ottorino Respighi,  Franz Liszt,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky,  Renaud Capuçon,  Francesco Piemontesi  ... 
    Conductor:  Hubert Soudant
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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  • 23.
    Distant Light -  Bach, Vasks: Violin Concertos / Renaud Capucon
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 632322 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Renaud Capuçon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
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    La Folie Americaine! - Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Copland, Glass, Adams
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564634485 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Hélène Grimaud,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  David Zinman,  John McGlinn,  Simon Rattle  ... 
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  • 25.
    Saint-Saens: Violin & Cello Concertos / Capucons
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 34134 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Gautier Capuçon
    Conductor:  Lionel Bringuier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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