RENAUD CAPUÇON, violin
and KHATIA BUNIATISHVILI, piano
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2015 at 3 PM
They conjure a swooningly powerful and rich sound
—The Telegraph (review of Capuçon and Buniatishvili recital at Wigmore Hall)
Born in Chambéry in 1976, violinist Renaud Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at the age of fourteen, winning numeours 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, Capuçon 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, Capuçon 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. He also appears regularly in solo recitals, most recently performing complete Beethoven violin sonata cycles worldwide.
Capuçon has a great commitment to performing chamber music and has worked with Argerich, Barenboim, Bronfman, Grimaud, Kovacevich, Pires, Pletnev, Repin, Bashmet and Mørk, as well as with his brother, cellist Gautier Capuçon. These collaborations have taken him to the festivals of Edinburgh, Salzburg, Berlin, Lucerne, Verbier, Aix-en-Provence, Roque d’Anthéron, San Sebastian, Stresa, Tanglewood and many others.
Capuçon records exclusively for EMI/Virgin Classics. His recent Fauré chamber music CD with Nicholas Angelich, Gautier Capuçon, Michel Dalberto, Gérard Caussé and Ebène Quartet won the Echo Klassik Prize. He has just released a CD recording of Brahms/Berg Concertos with the Wiener Philharmoniker under Daniel Harding. Since 2007 Renaud Capuçon has been an Ambassador for the Zegna & Music project, which was founded in 1997 as a philanthropic activity to promote music and its values.
Renaud Capuçon plays the Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) that belonged to Isaac Stern, bought for him by the Banca Svizzera Italiana (BSI). In June 2011 he was appointed “Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French Government.
Born in 1987 in Tbilisi, Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili gave her début performance with orchestra at age six, and was subsequently invited to give guest performances in Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Austria, Russia, Israel and the USA.
During her studies at Tbilisi’s State Conservatoire, she won a special prize at the Horowitz Competition for Young Pianists in Kiev in 2003, and soon after transferred to Vienna’s University of Music and Performing Arts. Winner of the Bronze Medal at the 12th Arthur Rubinstein Piano Master Competition in 2008, she was also distinguished as the Best Performer of a Chopin piece and as Audience Favourite.
In 2010 Khatia received the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award and was included in the BBC series on New Generation Artists. The Vienna Musikverein and Konzerthaus nominated her as Rising Star for the 2011–12 season. Another milestone in 2012 was the selection of Khatia Buniatishvili as Best Newcomer of the Year in the Echo Klassik awards.
She has given critically acclaimed recitals at such renowned venues as London’s Wigmore Hall, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the Musikverein in Vienna. In 2008 she made her US concert début with orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
In 2011 Khatia Buniatishvili made her recording debut with a Liszt recital on Sony Classical, followed with a recording of the Chopin concertos.
Khatia Buniatishvili has been invited to play with such orchestras as the Orchestre de Paris under Paavo Järvi, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France under Daniele Gatti and the Philharmonia Orchestra in London. She can also often be heard in performances of chamber music: in a trio with Gidon Kremer, with Renaud Capuçon or also with her sister Gvantsa.
In 2013–14 Khatia was part of the breathtaking show Art on Ice; other highlights included recitals in the Vienna Musikverein, Salle-Pleyel in Paris, the Philharmonie in Berlin and the Wigmore Hall in London, as well as tours in China and North America and concerts with the Munich Philharmonic and Lorin Maazel.
Khatia Buniatishvili speaks five languages and lives in Paris.