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 more than 40,000 school children across France.
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. 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.”
In January 2022, Capuçon launched his own foundation to support young and talented musicians at the beginning of their career and increasing his commitment to young artists. In summer 2020, mid-pandemic, Capuçon brought music directly into the lives of families across the length and breadth of France, free of charge, during his musical odyssey Un été en France. During July 2022, for the third edition of this project, he performed 15 concerts across the nation, including Autun, Clairveaux, Eauz and his hometown of Chambéry. He also showcases 14 young musicians and eight young dancers within his concert presentations.
In the 2022-23 season, Capuçon appears with, among others, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Andris Nelsons), Chicago Symphony Orchestra (Manfred Honeck), San Francisco Symphony (Michael Tilson Thomas), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Marie Jacquot), Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Andris Nelsons), NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester (Pablo Heras-Casado), Munich Philharmonic (Lorenzo Viotti), Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich (Christoph Eschenbach), Orchestre de Paris (Klaus Mäkelä) and Czech Philharmonic (Semyon Bychkov). He is the curating artist at the Konzerthaus Dortmund and plays at festivals worldwide, including Salzburg, Grafenegg and Verbier.
Born in Chambéry, France, Capuçon began playing the cello at age 5. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna.