The board of the Foundation of the Orchestre de Chambre Lausanne (OCL) is delighted to announce the appointment of the French violinist and conductor Renaud Capuçon as Artistic Director from the 2021-2022 season. He succeeds Joshua Weilerstein, who will step down from the position in summer 2021.
“The partnership between the OCL and Renaud Capuçon promises an artistic collaboration of the highest level, for all our audiences, which continues the work of Joshua Weilerstein” says Alexandre Curchod, President of the board of the Foundation of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.
The OCL and Renaud Capuçon are driven by a shared enthusiasm, which is based on previous collaborations, in particular the concert given last March with a programme of Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. The maestro won over the musicians of the orchestra in this concert, albeit in unusual conditions since it had to be played behind closed doors without an audience because of the COVID-19 epidemic. It was particularly heartbreaking as the two concerts had been completely sold out. There is no question that the public, which was able to see the televised concert through RTS, will be delighted to be able to see maestro in the Salle Métropole from the beginning of the 2021-22 season.
For his part, Renaud Capuçon is looking forward to taking up the position: “It is both an honour and a great pleasure to be chosen as Artistic Director of the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne. I have always admired this orchestra and I am looking forward to seeing the musicians again to start a new chapter together in our music-making.”
Renaud Capuçon will be at the podium from the 2021-2022 season onwards, in subscription concerts in Lausanne as well as on tour and in recordings. He will also be responsible for the programming of future seasons of the orchestra. He becomes the seventh artistic director of the OCL. Before the beginning of his term as Artistic Director, the OCL will perform next season in a concert at the Easter Festival of Aix-en-Provence with him on 8 April 2021.
Born in Chambéry in 1976, Renaud Capuçon 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, Capuçon moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concert master of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors including Boulez, Ozawa, Welser-Möst and Claudio Abbado.
Since then, Capuçon has established himself as a soloist at the very highest level. A great commitment to chamber music has led him to collaborations with Argerich, Angelich, Barenboim, Bashmet, Bronfman, Buniatishvili, Grimaud, Hagen, Ma, Pires, Trifonov, Yo-Yo Ma and Yuja Wang, as well as with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon, and have taken him, among others, to the Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastián, Stresa, Salzburg, Edinburgh International and Tanglewood festivals.
For the last fifteen years Renaud Capuçon has been play/directing top chamber ensembles. His coming engagements as a conductor include the Wiener Symphoniker, the Camerata Salzburg, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra et the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
In 2017, Capuçon founded a new ensemble, the Lausanne Soloists, comprised of current and former students of the Haute École de Musique de Lausanne, where he has held a professorship since 2014. In June 2011 he was appointed ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite’ and in March 2016 ‘Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur’ by the French Government.
He has built an extensive discography and records exclusively with Erato/Warner Classics. Recent releases include a recording of Bach Sonatas with David Fray, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky Trios with Lahav Shani and Kian Soltani live at Aix Festival, Bartok’s two violin concerti with the LSO / Roth, Brahms and Berg with the VPO / Harding, and chamber music of Debussy. His album ‘Au Cinema’, featuring much loved selections from film music, was released to critical acclaim in October 2018.
He plays the Guarneri del Gesù ‘Panette’ (1737), which belonged to Isaac Stern.
© Simon Fowler