France’s Rencontres Musicales d’Evian Festival Announces New Artistic Director
French violinist Renaud Capuçon will assume the role in time for the festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations in 2023
Founded in 1976, the annual Rencontres musicales d’Evian or “Evian Musical Encounters” festival is held at the Grange au Lac concert hall in Neuvecelle, France, which was built for the festival in 1993.
As its new artistic director, 46-year-old French violinist Renaud Capuçon will oversee the upcoming edition and 30th anniversary of the festival from June 28–July 8, 2023, in the newly renovated Grange au Lac.
Under Capuçon’s direction, the 2023 festival will pay tribute to cellist Mstislav Rostropovitch, who was its musical director for many years and will also present a series of morning concerts for young people.
“This pool of young musicians and the mix of generations will be one of the pillars of the festival,” said Capuçon, according to Diapason Magazine. “For the public, it is also a curiosity and a pleasure to discover new faces and see new talents emerge.”
The Rencontres musicales d’Evian season-opening concert will be performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Zubin Mehta on June 28, 2023, at 8 PM.
Capuçon’s programming for the festival also includes artists Martha Argerich, Yo-Yo Ma, Avi Avital, Il Giardino Armonico, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, of which Capuçon has been titular conductor and artistic director since May 2021.
First attending Rencontres Musicales d’Evian and its masterclasses 30 years ago as a student, Capuçon is now dedicated to education, also creating projects helping the next generation of musicians, such as Beau Soir Productions, which produces the concerts of young people with him across France.
Capuçon is also the artistic director of the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad festival since 2016 and of France’s Easter Festival in Aix-en-Provence, which he founded in 2013 with the aim of programming more emerging musicians.
Capuçon began his studies at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Paris at age 14. He later moved to Berlin to study with Thomas Brandis and Isaac Stern and was awarded the Prize of the Berlin Academy of Arts. In 1997, he was invited by Claudio Abbado to become concertmaster of the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester, which he led for three summers, working with conductors including Boulez, Ozawa, and Welser-Möst.