Gautier Capuçon was born in Chambéry in 1981 and began playing the cello at the age of five. He studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and in 1999 was awarded first prize by the Maurice Ravel Music Academy of Saint-Jean-de Luz and first prize again in the André Navarra Competition in Toulouse. In June 2000, he won the Cello and Chamber Music Prize in the CNSMP and has since attended Heinrich Schiff's master classes in Vienna.
Performing as a member of the European Community Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester in 1997 and 1998 gave Gautier the chance to work with Bernard Haitink, Kent Nagano, Pierre Boulez, Daniele Gatti, Seiji Ozawa, and Claudio Abbado. He now performs regularly as a concert soloist and has played with, amongst others, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra Rome, both under Myung-Whun Chung, the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and John Nelson, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo and Armin Jordan, and the Orchestre de Paris under Christoph Eschenbach.
A keen chamber musician, Gautier performs in a trio with his older brother Renaud and pianist Frank Braley: their recording of Ravel chamber works was released on Virgin Classics in 2002. Gautier has performed with many leading artists, including Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Yuri Bashmet, Gérard Caussé, Myung-Whun Chung, Hélène Grimaud, Stephen Kovacevich, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Lilya Zilberstein, and the Ysaye Quartet; he has given solo recitals across Europe, and appears at major European music festivals.
Gautier Capuçon plays a 1701 Matteo Goffriler cello. In February 2001, he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the French equivalent of a Grammy) as "New Talent of the Year." Now considered one of the most promising cellists of his generation, his first solo recording is of Haydn's Cello Concertos with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra under Daniel Harding, and is followed by Face à face, a disc of twentieth-century works for cello and violin, again with his brother Renaud.