GAUTIER CAPUÇON, Cellist – Debut with San Francisco Symphony

Famed cellist will perform Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A minor, Opus 129

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Conductor Semyon Bychkov will lead the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) this week, Thursday–Saturday (11/12–11/14) in Davies Symphony Hall. The program features the first SFS performances since 1998 of Henri Dutilleux’s Métaboles (1965) and the SFS debut of cellist Gatuier Capuçon in the Schumann/Cello Concerto in A minor, Opus 129.  Following intermission will be Sibelius’ Symphony no 5 in E flat major, Op. 82.

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GAUTIER CAPUÇON, Cellist

Gatuier Capuçon, 28, won the French Victoires de la Musique as “New Talent of the Year” in 2001, and has since established himself as one of the leading cellists of his generation.  Born in Chambéry, France, Capuçon began cello studies at age 5.  His musical experiences progressed greatly while playing in the European Community Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, and with condutors Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, Seiji Ozawa and Claudio Abbado.  In 2006, he made critically acclaimed debuts with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Charles Dutoit and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Hans Graf.  The 2007-2008 season included his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra under Leonard Slatkin, a return engagement with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and a debut trio tour with his brother, Renaud Capuçon.  In 2008-09, Gautier performed the Dvořák Cello Concerto for his debut with the Cincinnati Orchestra and Paavo Järvi, and he toured North America with the Capuçon-Angelich Trio.  In addition to his debut with the San Francisco Symphony, Capuçon’s 2009-10 season includes a collaboration with Gabriela Montero at the Savannah Music Festival and the first of many recitals with Beaux Arts Trio founder pianist Menahem Pressler in New York City, Quebec, and Washington, D.C.

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SEMYON BYCHKOV, Conductor

Of composer Henri Dutilleux, Seymon Bychkov says he is “among the composers from whom [I have] learned the most. Every note is precious, and he has not written many. It is very mysterious music, as mysterious as the person himself, the beautiful product of an independent mind. Forty years ago, just as ever, it took someone very strong to write music that went against the trend, to survive and not be broken.”

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HENRI DUTILLEUX and JEAN SIBELIUS

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