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Renaud Capuçon

Biography

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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  • 1.
    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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    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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    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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    The Magic Mountain - Verbier Festival 20th Anniversary Edition
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 3079078 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Martin Helmchen,  Malcolm Martineau  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Gábor Takács-Nagy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Verbier Festival Orchestra,  UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra,  Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra
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    Martha Argerich - 5 Classic Albums
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 844412 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Béla Bartók,  Frédéric Chopin,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Mischa Maisky
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Alexandre Rabinovitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana
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    Le Violon Roi / Renaud Capucon [3-CD Set]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 584402 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Gautier Capuçon,  Martha Argerich,  Mischa Maisky  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexandre Rabinovitch,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Daniel Harding,  Yannick Nézet-Séguin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra,  Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra,  Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra  ... 
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    Martha Argerich And Friends Live From Lugano 2012
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 211192 Release Date: 05/21/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Gustav Mahler,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Maria-Joao Pires,  Gautier Capuçon,  Sascha Maisky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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    La Folie Francaise [4-CD Set]
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 356292 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Charles Valentin Alkan,  César Franck,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  David Fray,  Maggie Cole,  Philippe Dervaux  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Michel Plasson,  Jean-Bernard Pommier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
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    100 Best Chamber Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972777 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Johann Pachelbel,  Henry Purcell,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Emmanuel Pahud,  Natalie Clein,  Pinchas Zukerman  ... 
    Conductor:  Jordi Savall,  Daniel Barenboim,  Fabio Biondi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Nash Ensemble  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79914 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Giacomo Puccini,  Jake Heggie,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Rachel Frenkel  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Marco Armiliato,  Patrick Summers,  Jean-Christophe Spinosi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Matheus,  English Concert,  tenThing (Brass Ensemble)  ... 
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    Chicken With Plums
    Label: Milan   Catalog: 36610 Release Date: 11/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Olivier Bernet
    Performer:  Olivier Bernet,  Roman Vinuesa,  Luiz Wernicke,  Olivier Stritt  ... 
    Conductor:  Joris Bartsch-Buhle
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    Berg, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Capucon, Harding, Wiener Philharmoniker
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2653 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alban Berg,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Daniel Harding
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Dutilleux: Orchestral, Piano & Chamber Masterworks
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 19364 Release Date: 09/11/2012   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Henri Dutilleux
    Performer:  Aude Guirai,  Timothee Collardot,  Sarah Lecolle,  Truls Otterbech Mork  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Plasson,  Myung-Whun Chung,  Jean-Claude Casadesus,  Georges Prêtre  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra,  French Radio New Philharmonic Orchestra,  Champs-Élysées Theater Orchestra  ... 
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    Massenet Edition [23-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001693202 Release Date: 07/03/2012   Number of Discs: 23
    Composer:  Jules Massenet
    Performer:  Régine Crespin,  Gabriel Bacquier,  Michèle Command,  Nicolai Ghiaurov  ... 
    Conductor:  Kazimierz Kord,  Richard Bonynge,  Julius Rudel,  Enrique Diemecke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Radio Chorus,  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  National Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Classics For Your Wedding
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 623247 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Johann Pachelbel,  César Franck,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Aldo Ciccolini,  David [Pipe Organ] Briggs,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Andrew Parrott,  Stephen Cleobury,  Paavo Järvi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Taverner Players,  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Les Arts Florissants  ... 
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    Martha Argerich & Friends -  Live From Lugano 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 44701 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Renaud Capuçon,  Cristina Marton,  Alissa Margulis  ... 
    Conductor:  Jacek Kaspszyk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian Switzerland Radio/TV Orchestra
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    Classical 2012 / Angela Gheorghiu, David Fray, Alison Balsom, Jonas Kaufmann
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6804032 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Angela Gheorghiu,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Natalie Dessay,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Antonio Pappano,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Alison Balsom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble,  Les Talens Lyriques,  I Barocchisti  ... 
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    The Legend Of Mozart
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 0709452 Release Date: 01/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Diana Damrau,  Natalie Dessay,  Véronique Gens,  Margaret Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Jérémie Rhorer,  Louis Langrée,  Ivor Bolton,  Riccardo Muti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Sinfonia Varsovia,  Le Concert D'Astrée  ... 
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    Beethoven Invents Jazz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0709232 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Juhani Lagerspetz,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Michael Collins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Simon Rattle,  Alberto Zedda,  Wayne Marshall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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    Faure: Complete Chamber Music For Piano And Strings
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 70875 Release Date: 10/18/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon,  Michel Dalberto,  Gautier Capuçon,  Nicholas Angelich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quatuor Ebène
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    Mozart: Best Loved Adagios
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 84029 Release Date: 08/23/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Paul Meyer,  Samuel Coles,  Naoko Yoshino  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  John Nelson,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Louis Langrée  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Orchestral de Paris,  Ensemble instrumental de Genève
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    Zen Violin
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 94556 Release Date: 07/12/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jean-Marie Leclair,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Jonathan Rees,  Christian Tetzlaff,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow  ... 
    Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green,  Jonathan Rees,  Jean-Jacques Kantorow,  Christian Tetzlaff  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Ensemble
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  • 25.
    Martha Argerich Edition - Chamber Music
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 94014 Release Date: 06/07/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  César Franck,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Itzhak Perlman,  Mischa Maisky,  Lucia Hall  ... 
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