Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris with Gérard Poulet and Veda Reynolds, and later with Thomas Brandis in Berlin and Isaac Stern. Invited by Claudio Abbado in 1998 as konzertmeister of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, he continued his musical education with Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim and Franz Welser-Moest. In 2000 he was nominated “Rising Star” and “New talent of the Year” (French Victoires de la Musique), in 2005 “Soliste instrumental de l’année”, also by the French Victoires de la Musique, and in 2006 “Prix Georges Enesco” (Sacem).
He is collaborating with the most important orchestras and conductors : Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink, David Robertson, Matthias Pintscher, Dresden Staatskapelle with Daniel Harding, Bamberg Symphony with Jonathan Nott, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra with Kurt Masur, Orchestre de Paris with Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, Paavo Järvi, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Seoul Philharmonic with Myung-Whun Chung, Orchestre National de France with Daniele Gatti, Toulouse Orchestra with Tugan Sokhiev, Chamber Orchestra of Europe with Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Los Angeles Philharmonic with Gustavo Dudamel, Andris Nelsons and Daniel Harding, Philadelphia Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, Saint Petersburg Philharmonic, State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Jurowski, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Robin Ticciati, Chicago Symphony Orchestra et Bernard Haitink, Boston Symphony and Christoph von Dohnanyi, Philharmonia Orchestra and Juraj Valculha, WDR Cologne with Jukka Pekka Saraste, Roma Santa Cecilia Orchestra with Semyon Bychkov, Tokyo NHK Orchestra with Stefan Denève and the Wiener Symphoniker and Philippe Jordan.
He gave the World premiere of the Violin concert by Pascal Dusapin with the WDR Köln as well as the Brahms/Faure chamber music cycle in 5 concerts at the Musikverein in Vienna.
Pasionnate about chamber music, Renaud Capuçon plays with Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Hélène Grimaud, Nicholas Angelich, Frank Braley, David Kadouch, Yefim Bronfman, Myung-Whun Chung, Yuri Bashmet, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Mischa Maisky, Truls Mork, Maria Joao Pires, Mikhail Pletnev, Gérard Caussé, Jean-Yves Thibaudet. He is invited by the most prestigious festivals : Gstaad, Hollywood Bowl, Tanglewood, La Roque d’Anthéron, Luzern, Lugano, Gstaad, Menton, Salzburg, Saint-Denis, Rheinghau, Verbier…
Among the highlights of the 2016/2017 season: Singapour Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel, Orchestre de Paris with Daniel Harding, Boston Symphony with Alain Altinoglu, Philhadelphia Orchestra with Tugan Sokhiev, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Charles Dutoit and Orchestre National de France with Valery Gergiev.
He will also perform several tours including a China and Hong-Kong tour with Hong-Kong Philharmonic and Jaap Van Zweden as well as some recitals with Khatia Buniatishvili and Nicholas Angelich.
Discography for Erato: Trios Haydn-Mendelssohn and Triple concerto Beethoven with Martha Argerich, Berlioz/Saint-Saëns/Milhaud/Ravel with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie and Daniel Harding, L’arbre des songes (Dutilleux) with the Philharmonic of Radio-France (direction Myung-Whun Chung), Mendelssohn-Schuman with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Daniel Harding, Mozart with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with Louis Langrée and Antoine Tamestit. He also released some chamber music: Brahms sonata, trios and quartet with Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capuçon and Gérard Caussé, the complete Beethoven sonata with Frank Braley, the complete Fauré with Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capuçon, Michel Dalberto, Gérard Caussé and the Ebene quartet, l’histoire de Babar (Pulenc/Debussy/Ridout) with Jérôme Ducros and Laurence Ferrari and recently, a recital Franck/Grieg/Dvorak with Khatia Buniatishvili.
Latest publication: Bruch/Lalo with the Orchestre de Paris and Paavo Järvi, Le violon roi, box retracing the great recordings of Renaud, contemporary concertos (Rihm/Dusapin/Mantovani) named in the recording category of the year to the Victoires de la Musique in 2017.
In June 2011 he is appointed “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French Government and recently “Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur”. He is the musical director of the Easter Festival in
Aix-en-Provence that he founded in 2013 and from February 2016 director of the Gstaad winter festival (Les Sommets Musicaux). He is teaching violin at the High School of Music in Lausanne since 2014.