Two fabulous French artists descend on Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday. Gautier Capuçon and Jean-Yves Thibaudet are in recital – as guests of the San Francisco Symphony – for one performance only.
Capuçon – whom The Arts Desk rates “among the greatest cellists” – regularly appears with many of the world’s finest conductors and instrumentalists, and is internationally lauded for the expressiveness and vibrant virtuosity of his playing. “The lightness of his touch and the consistent clarity of his bow strokes are quite admirable in themselves,” says Gramophone, “but when combined with an uncanny sweetness of tone in the higher registers they are breathtaking.” According to The Times, “Mellifluous tones pour from Gautier Capuçon’s cello”.
Gautier Capuçon has also won international acclaim as the founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle, based at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Now in its fifth season, the Classe d’Excellence features six talented young cellists from around the world, and each month – between October and June – they’re invited to attend a series of 3-day sessions with Capuçon in the Auditorium, each of which includes two public masterclasses, and ends with a concert performance.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet – “unquestionably, one of the best pianists in the world” says OpusColorado – is currently Artist in Residence at the Colburn School in Los Angeles. His repertoire includes solo, chamber and orchestral works, by composers ranging from Beethoven through Liszt, Grieg, and Saint-Saëns to Khachaturian and Gershwin, as well as contemporary composers such as Qigang Chen and James MacMillan. He also takes great delight in performing jazz, and music from the opera, and has enjoyed many successful collaborations with fellow artists from the worlds of film, fashion and the visual arts.
Following this appearance in San Francisco, Jean-Yves Thibaudet – with Gautier Capuçon – will visit Los Angeles for a series of concerts with Michael Tilson Thomas and the L A Philharmonic. Also planned for this season will be the renewal of many longstanding musical partnerships, including touring programs with Japanese violinist Midori, appearances in some of the great concert halls of Europe with Georgian violinist Lisa Batiashvili, and chamber music concerts with both Renaud and Gautier Capuçon.
The program in Sunday’s recital at Davies Symphony Hall includes Debussy’s Sonata No 1 in D minor for Cello and Piano, the Brahms Sonata No 1 in E minor for Cello and Piano, and Rachmaninoff’s Cello Sonata in G minor.
For more information, and for tickets, visit the San Francisco Symphony website.
Information sourced from:
San Francisco Symphony program notes