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The WDR Symphony Orchestra and Gautier Capuçon are to perform in Vilnius

The WDR Symphony Orchestra and Gautier Capuçon are to perform in Vilnius


The Vilnius Festival traditionally features a performance of an illustrious foreign orchestra. On June 14th the Festival hosts the Westdeutsche Rundfunk (WDR, Western German Radio) Symphony Orchestra. This renowned Orchestra is often invited to appear in major music festivals and prestigious European concert venues. It will be the Orchestra’s third visit in Vilnius.

Established in Cologne in 1947, the WDR (Western German Radio) Symphony Orchestra has over the years earned an international acclaim and became an ambassador of music life in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. Many a world’s most illustrious conductor as well as the WDR SO’s music directors should be credited for the Orchestra’s exceptional reputation, professionalism and impressive history. Finn Jukka-Pekka Saraste began his tenure as the WDR SO’s music director in 2010-2011.

Concert reviews of tonight’s soloist French cellist Gautier Capuçon abound with superlatives. “Gautier Capuçon plays the cello with the control and wisdom of a much older musician. The lightness of his touch and the consistent clarity of his bow strokes are quite admirable in themselves, but when combined with an uncanny sweetness of tone in the higher registers they are breath-taking”, wrote Gramophone.

G. Capuçon began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris with Philippe Muller and Annie Cochet-Zakine, and later with Heinrich Schiff in the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. He is the winner Maurice Ravel Academy Prize and first prize in André Navarra Competition in Toulouse (1991) as well as first prizes in many leading international competitions.  

As a soloist Capuçon has appeared with the world’s foremost orchestras: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Wiener Philharmoniker, Berliner Philharmoniker, Münchner Philharmoniker, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre national de France, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, the BBC, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of European, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the Accademia di Santa Cecilia Orchestra. On the chamber music scene he has collaborated with such greats as Nicholas Angelich, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lisa Batiashvili, Frank Braley, Renaud Capuçon, Jérôme Ducros and Leonid Kavakos to name but a few. The cellist regularly works with conductors Charles Dutoit, Semyon Bychkov, Gustavo Dudamel, Valery Gergiev, Lionel Bringuier, Andris Nelson, Christoph Eschenbach and Andrés Orozco-Estrada.


The cellist’s records exclusively for Erato (Warner Classics) and has won multiple ECHO Klassik awards. In 2013, Deutsche Grammophon released a DVD featuring Capuçon as soloist with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Gustavo Dudamel in a live performance of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1. The cellist plays on 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello.

In Vilnius Capuçon will be the soloist in Antonín Dvořák’s Cello Concerto No. 2 with the WDR Orchestra. This Concerto is extremely intricate composition in three movements with emotional range spanning from love elegy, lacrimosa tension to a threatening march. The composer wrote this magnificent opus while serving as the rector of the National Conservatoire in New York (1892–1895). Like his other compositions written at the time the Concerto reveals his idiosyncratic vocabulary, Czech folk idioms and vibrant culture of the New World.

Under the baton of J.-P. Saraste the WDR Orchestra will also indulge the Vilnius audience with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Brahms’ Third Symphony.

Concert WDR Orchestra Salutes Vilnius will take place in the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre on Wednesday 14th June at 19.00.

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