Renaud Capuçon became known at the age of 25 when the jury of the Victoires de la Musique classique named him “New Talent of the Year”. Since then, the French violinist has appeared as a major soloist, recitalist and chamber musician before audiences all over the world. He made his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker in November 2002 with Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s Violin Concerto.
Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire de Paris at the age of 14 and won numerous awards during his five years there. He then moved to Berlin to study under Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern. In 1997 he became concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, where he worked for three years with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Möst and Claudio Abbado. Renaud Capuçon is one of the top violin soloists of the present day, appearing with leading orchestras world-wide. He has performed with artists such as Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashmet, Yefim Bronfman, Hélène Grimaud and Yuja Wang, as well as with his brother, the cellist Gautier Capuçon, at festivals in Edinburgh, Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d'Anthéron, Tanglewood and Salzburg. Renaud Capuçon is artistic director of the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence, which he founded, of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and chief conductor of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. In 2017, he founded the Ensemble Lausanne Soloists, which consists of musicians trained at the Haute École de Musique Vaud Valais Fribourg (HÉMU), where Capuçon teaches as a professor. The violinist plays the so-called Panette violin by Giuseppe Guarneri (“del Gesù”) from 1737, which previously belonged to Isaac Stern.