Monday 5 March 2018 at 8:30pm



Gautier Capuçon is recognised all over the world as one of the most charismatic, enchanting and exuberant cellists performing today. For his third appearance at the Al Bustan Festival, and playing for the second time with Jérôme Ducros, Gautier pays tribute to Bach with the third Sonata and interprets pieces for cello, by Dvořák, Tchaikovsky, Fauré, Grieg and Piazzolla.

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BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685 – 1750)
• Sonate N.3
FAURÉ, Gabriel (1845 – 1924)
• Elégie
DVOŘÁK, Antonín (1841 – 1904)
• Silent Woods
PIAZZOLLA, Astor (1921 – 1992)
• Grand Tango
TCHAIKOVSKY, Pyotr Ilyich (1840 – 1893)
• Andante Cantabile
GRIEG, Edvard (1843 – 1907)
• Cello Sonata


“It’s the rare performer who can bring such ease and refinement to this music, while still giving everything he plays a sense of dramatic urgency.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Performing each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, he is also founder and leader of the ‘Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle’ at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – based in the stunning new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.

During 2017/18 Capuçon will appear as soloist in a number of orchestral tours across Europe, the US and in Asia. In Europe he will tour with Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Wiener Symphoniker (Philippe Jordan), and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester. In the US he will tour with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (Charles Dutoit) and the National Center for Performing Arts; and in Asia with hr-Sinfonieorchester (Andres Orozco-Estrada) and as part of the Verbier Festival with Gabor Takacz. Other concerto highlights include return performances with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig (Herbert Blomstedt), Wiener Philharmoniker (Semyon Bychkov), Orchestre de Paris (Yu Long), San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (Stephen Deneve), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (Mirga Graþinytë-Tyla) and London Philharmonia (Paavo Jäarvi).

Last season Capuçon appeared with, among others, London Symphony Orchestra, Staatskapelle Dresden, Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony. Over recent years he has also performed with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, New York Philharmonic, NHK Symphony, Sydney Symphony and Mariinsky orchestras, as well as with all of the major orchestras across France.

A regular recital and chamber musician, Capuçon appears annually in the major halls and festivals worldwide. Highlights this season include a return to Carnegie Hall (with Daniil Trifonov), an extensive international recital tour with duo partner Jérôme Ducros, supporting the international release of the album ‘Intuition’ featuring the same repertoire, and performances at Verbier Festival with: Lisa Batiashvili, Christoph Eschenbach, Janine Jansen, Leonidas Kavakos, Yuja Wang and Tabea Zimmermann. Other artists with whom Capuçon regularly performs include Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Katia and Marielle Labèque, Menahem Pressler, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and the Artemis and Ébène quartets.

Gautier Capuçon continues to work regularly with conductors such as Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Lionel Bringuier, Andris Nelsons, Christoph Eschenbach, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Yannick Nézet-Séguin; and collaborates with contemporary composers including, amongst others, Lera Auerbach, Karol Beffa, Esteban Benzecry, Nicola Campogrande, Qigang Chen, Jerome Ducros, Henry Dutilleux, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Manoury, Bruno Mantovani, Krzysztof Penderecki, Wolfgang Rihm, and Jörg Widmann.

Recording exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics), Capuçon and has won multiple ECHO Klassik awards and holds an extensive discography. In 2016/17 he released Beethoven Sonatas with Frank Braley to critical acclaim. Other recent recordings include Shostakovich’s Cello Concertos with the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev; and Schubert’s String Quintet with Quatuor Ébène. Prior to that he won plaudits for a recital disc of music by Schubert, Schumann, Debussy, Britten and Carter with Frank Braley, and Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto and Muse et le poète with the Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France and Lionel Bringuier. He has also recorded chamber music with Martha Argerich, Nicholas Angelich, Renaud Capuçon and Gabriela Montero; and in 2013 Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring Capuçon as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No.1. Capuçon’s next album Intuition will be released at the beginning of 2018,and was recorded with the Paris Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Boyd, and Jérôme Ducros, piano.

Born in Chambéry in 1981, Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. The winner of various first prizes in many leading international competitions, including the International André Navarra Prize, Capuçon was named ‘New Talent of the Year’ by Victoires de la Musique in 2001.


Born in 1974, Jérôme Ducros studied piano with Françoise Thinat at the Conservatoire d’Orléans, then with Gérard Frémy and Cyril Huvé at CNSM in Paris, where he obtained a first unanimous piano award with congratulations from the jury in 1993. He studied at the Third Cycle and met Léon Fleisher, Gyorgy Sebök, Davitt Moroney, Christian Zacharias … He also studied writing with Alain Bernaud. In 1994, the first International Piano Competition Umberto Micheli was held at la Scala in Milan, organized by Maurizio Pollini, which sits on the jury presided over by Luciano Berio. Jérôme Ducros was awarded the Second Prize, as well as the Special Prize for the best performance of the imposed play (Incises, by Pierre Boulez, created during the final competition).

Since then, concerts have taken place: the Montpellier Festival, the Orangerie de Sceaux, the Roque d’Anthéron, the Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Salle Pleyel and Radio-France, , the Capitoline Theater, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Folle Journée de Nantes, as well as in London, Geneva, Rome, Berlin, New York, Tokyo … He has been a soloist with Orchestras such as the Paris Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lyon National Orchestra, the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, the Lille National Orchestra, the Orchester Orchestral de Paris, the Orchester Français des Jeunes or the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, with such as Alain Altinoglu, Paul Meyer, James Judd, Emmanuel Krivine, Marc Minkowski, Christopher Hogwood …

He is particularly fond of chamber music, notably with Michelin, Michel Dalberto, Nicholas Angelich, Antoine Tamestit, Paul Meyer, Gérard Caussé, Tabea Zimmermann, Gautier Capuçon, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Henri Demarquette, Renaud Capuçon, Clemens Hagen, the Ebony, Modigliani, or Jérôme Pernoo quartets with whom he has been a duo since 1995. In 2007, he plays a duet with the Victoires de la Musique with Maxim Vengerov.

He performed with soprano Dawn Upshaw in London, New York, Salzburg and at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées where their concert was recorded by Erato. He has also accompanied Diana Damrau, Angelika Kirchschlager, Ian Bostridge, Mojca Erdmann, Laurent Naouri, Stéphanie D’Oustrac and Nora Gubisch. Since 2007, he has collaborated with Philippe Jaroussky. Each year, they perform numerous concerts of French melodies in the most prestigious halls of the world (Théâtre du Châtelet, Carnegie Hall, Philharmonie
Berlin, Mozarteum de Salzbourg, Concertgebouw, Monnaie de Bruxelles, Tokyo Opera …).
Among the works he has often given in recital, Schubert’s two-hand transcription of Schubert’s Fantaisie pour piano has received an enthusiastic reception from the public and critics alike. She appears on a record devoted to the Fantasies of Schubert (Ligia Digital) which obtained the Diapason d’Or of the Year 2001. The score of this transcription is published by Billaudot.

Alongside his career as a pianist, Jérôme Ducros has composed since his earliest years, but he only made public this facet of his activity in 2006, when his Trio appeared for two cellos and piano (Billaudot, Gautier Capuçon ). Since then, his works have been played many times, including Sergey Malov, Sarah Nemtanu, Deborah Nemtanu, Alina Gérard Caussé, Gérard Caussé, Adrien Boisseau, Jérôme Pernoo, Hélène Dautry, Henri Demarquette, Gautier Capuçon, Georgi Anichenko, Raphaël Sévère, Nora Gubisch, Laurent Naouri and Anastasya Terenkova …

His discography includes Schubert Fantasies for piano solo (Ligia Digital), works by Schubert for piano and violin with Renaud Capuçon (Virgin Classics), Capriccio with Renaud Capuçon (Virgin Classics), works by Beethoven for cello and piano with Jérôme Pernoo (Ligia Digital), French melodies with Philippe Jaroussky (Virgin Classics),         Fauré’s piano and orchestra work with the Orchester de Bretagne and Moshe Atzmon (Timpani Records), Les Contes de Debussy and Poulenc with Renaud Capuçon and Laurence Ferrari (Virgin Classics), chamber music by Guillaume Connesson Bank). To be published: Strauss and Korngold, sonatas for violin and piano with Renaud Capuçon (Virgin Classics), Brahms and Piazzolla, works for cello and piano with Jérôme Pernoo.

  • 3rd appearance at the Al Bustan Festival