Born in 1981, Gautier Capuçon took up the cello at the age of four and studied under Annie Cochet-Zakine and Philippe Muller and later under Heinrich Schiff in Vienna. In 2001, he was acclaimed as ‘New Talent of the Year’ at the Victoires de la Musique, getting his career off to a spectacular start. Today, he performs as a guest of major orchestras in the U.S. (in Chicago, Boston, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and elsewhere) and Europe (in Berlin and Vienna and with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, among others). A multi-faceted musician (who could have had a career as a pianist!), he devotes much of his time to chamber music, alongside, among others, Martha Argerich, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Nicholas Angelich, Yuja Wang, and Frank Braley, with whom he recently recorded the complete works of Beethoven for cello and piano. His discography is already extensive. Among his recent releases are the Schubert String Quintet, D. 956, with the Quatuor Ébène, and the Shostakovich concertos (with Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra). As his busy concert schedule leaves him no time for regular teaching, Capuçon founded a ‘Classe d’excellence’ at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris in October 2014.