The Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle, created and led by Gautier Capuçon, is geared towards six young talented cellists from all over the world selected on the basis of an application dossier and live audition.

For its fourth season, the Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle returns to the Fondation auditorium from November 2017 and until June 2018.

The Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle, made up of a series of artistic and professional coaching sessions, offers participants a comprehensive training opportunity intended to complement participants' formal musical education, under the guidance of Gautier Capuçon.

Throughout the season, the Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle also hosts a number of outside speakers who are invited to present ancillary aspects of a musician's life and career, such as personal management, work structure, life on the road, press relations, stress management, overall well-being and physical issues. This harmonious blend of masterclasses and professional workshops allows each of the students of the promotion to develop at his own rhythm during the season through an experience as musically intense as humanly enriching.

As part of the Fondation Louis Vuitton's mission to promote artistic creation in all its different forms and media, this unique project of residence open to the public in a museum stands as a "musical lab".
The Classe d'Excellence de Violoncelle aims to expose its participants to a wide array of genres; to encourage dialogue and encounters with guest speakers from different cultures and nationalities; and to bring awareness to a wide range of different styles and projects. In an educational approach, the project is closely followed by, which broadcast, sometimes live, the masterclasses and concerts of the season.

For this fourth edition, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has commissioned Guillaume Connesson to compose a work for 7 cellos. The piece will be premiered on the last concert of the season, June 16th, 2018.

The Promotion 2017-2018 laureates

Anouchka Hack - 21 years-old - German, living in LĂĽbeck (DE)
Raphaël Jouan - 23 years-old - French, living in Paris (FR)
Shizuka Mitsui - 25 years-old - Japanese, living in Salzburg (AU)
Caroline Sypniewski- 24 years-old - French, living in Paris (FR)
Kristina Winiarski - 23 years-old - Swedish, living in Stockholm (SE)
Sarina Zhang - 21 years-old - American Canadian, living in Weimar (DE)
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