Borletti-Buitoni Trust
BBT Artists Rewarding Musical Excellence
Gautier Capuçon
BBT Award 2004

Gautier Capuçon - Biography

Gautier Capuçon received support from BBT between 2004 and 2005, when this page was past updated. For an up to date biography go to 

Born in Chambéry in 1981, Gautier Capuçon was five years old when he began to study the cello. He studied in Paris and with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. During 1997 and 1998, as a musician of the European Community Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, he had the opportunity to work under Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado. He has performed with the Jerusalem, Liège Orchestras, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Houston Symphony under Hans Graf, the Moscow Radio Orchestra under Vladimir Fedosseyev, the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe conducted by Myung-Whun Chung, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and John Nelson, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Armin Jordan, the Orchestre de Paris and Christoph Eschenbach and the Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit. A dedicated chamber musician, he performs with Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Frank Braley, Myung-Whun Chung, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Vadim Repin, Mikhail Pletnev, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, the Ysaÿe Quartet as well as with his brother, violinist Renaud Capuçon. As an exclusive Virgin Classics artist, he has recorded Haydn’s concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding, Ravel’s chamber music with his brother Renaud and Frank Braley, duos for violin and cello with Renaud Capuçon, Mendelssohn’s first Piano Trio with Martha Argerich and his brother and Tchaikovsky’s Trio with Martha Argerich and Vadim Repin. He plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriler. 2004 saw a new recording of Brahms’ Piano Trios with Renaud Capuçon and Nicholas Angelich and of Schubert’s Trout Quintet with Renaud Capuçon, Frank Braley, Gerard Caussé and Alois Posch. His next CD release will be with his brother Renaud and is called Inventions.

Last updated: September 2005

I would like first to tell you how much I am honoured to have been chosen by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust and to be part of this amazing and unique musical world club. This foundation is unique for us, young musicians starting more or less in our musical life. You are much more than just a foundation: I would say first that you are trusting us, which is so important for a young musician; you are advising us, and not only on a musical aspect; you are helping us in the realisation of projects to the highest degree. The BB Trust was such a precious help for me, they helped me to buy a fantastic bow, with which I can now produce such a deep and sensual sound on my Goffriler cello of 1701. I want to say thank you to all the members of the BB Trust who have chosen me, thank you for your help, thank you for your trust, thank you for being there.

Photographs by Gregory Batardon, Julien Mignot, Michael Tammaro