Renaud Capuçon (photo: Simon Fowler)

Karajan Academy

Renaud Capuçon and the Karajan Academy

A cheerful and melancholy programme with French violinist Renaud Capuçon and the Karajan Academy. The cheerful element is provided by two works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major and “Haffner” Symphony present Viennese Classicism from its bright side. Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen, in which the composer mourns the destruction of the Second World War, is melancholy in contrast.

Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Renaud Capuçon violin and direction

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major, K. 216

Richard Strauss

Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385 Haffner

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Renaud Capuçon’s fascination with music began early: when he started to play the violin at the age of four, he immediately felt a passion for the instrument. “I realized,” says the artist, “that was the reason why I existed.” From then on, he had only one goal: to become a musician. Renaud Capuçon went to great lengths to achieve this goal. For example, as a 14-year-old, he commuted around 600 kilometres every week between his home town of Chambéry at the foot of the Savoy Alps and Paris, in order to study at the conservatory there. He later moved to Berlin, where he continued his studies with Thomas Brandis, the former first concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and Isaac Stern. In 1997, Claudio Abbado invited the violinist to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Five years later, Renaud Capuçon made his debut as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker. Since then, he has not only been a regular guest of this orchestra but is also an internationally sought-after soloist, appearing with many leading orchestras. Another important facet of his work is chamber music, in which he frequently collaborates with his brother, the cellist Gautier Capuçon. Renaud Capuçon likes to point out that – although French – he is partial to German repertoire. He is considered an ideal Mozart interpreter because of his delicate, smooth but expressive tone. The violinist, who will also conduct during this concert, plays the “Panette” violin made by Giuseppe Guarneri (“del Gesù”) in 1737, which belonged to Isaac Stern.

Renaud Capuçon (photo: Simon Fowler)

Karajan-Akademie (photo: Peter Adamik)

The Mozart admirer

Richard Strauss deeply admired Mozart and his “richly structured spiritual landscape”.