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Talking to Classic FM from the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, cellist Gautier Capuçon enthuses about Saint-Saëns and wanting a little more holiday time.
Whether he's playing a Brahms double concerto with his violinist brother Renaud or wowing audiences around the world with his impeccable solo playing, Gautier Capuçon is a focused man.
He's only 31, too, and consequently he's a focused man who believes in the power of starting young. Speaking to Classic FM from the Verbier Festival, he is quick to praise the festival's status as a platform for young musicians starting their professional careers.
While he's in Verbier, Capuçon is gearing up to perform the Saint-Saëns cello concerto with the Verbier Festival Orchestra, alongside works by Tchaikovsky. As he explains, Saint-Saëns' work is romantic in scope and, perhaps, a little underrated.
Once all the work is done, though, Capuçon is looking forward to dropping his focus and enjoying a holiday when he can: "This year, I will have almost three weeks, which is absolutely incredible… The next goal will be holidays. I'm a little bit lost with the schedules!"
Listen to our interview with Gautier Capucon below.