Violinist Renaud Capucon performs Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Major.
Born in Chambery in 1976, Renaud Capucon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numerous awards during his five years there. Following this, Capucon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern, and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, Capucon was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors such as Pierre Boulez, Seiji Ozawa, Daniel Barenboim, Franz Welser-Moest and Abbado himself.
Since this time, Capucon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. He has played concerti with orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic under Haitink and Robertson, the Boston Symphony under Dohnanyi, the Orchestre de Paris under Eschenbach and the Simon Bolivar orchestra under Dudamel. Capucon also tours extensively as a solo recitalist and will perform complete cycles of the Beethoven violin sonatas with pianist Frank Braley around the world during the coming seasons.
Capucon has a great commitment to performing chamber music and has worked with Argerich, Barenboim, Bronfman, Grimaud, Kovacevich, Pires, Pletnev, Repin, Bashmet and Mork, as well as with his brother and regular collaborator cellist Gautier Capucon. These collaborations have taken him to the festivals of Edinburgh, London (Mostly Mozart), Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque dAnthéron, San Sebastian, Stresa, Tanglewood and many others.
"Bartok's Second Violin Concerto is a twentieth-century masterpiece which over the years has become one of my favorite works. This recording represents a new stage in my development, on both a personal and on a professional level." - Renaud Capucon
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Renaud Capucon, violin
London Symphony Orchestra
Francois-Xavier Roth, conductor
Bela Bartok (1881-1945)
Violin Concerto No. 2 in B Major
1. I. Allegro non troppo
1. II. Andante tranquillo
2. III. Allegro molto