My notion of Luxury, by Renaud Capuçon

Violinist Renaud Capuçon is a true musical prodigy. He picked up his instrument at the age of 4. At 17, he left the prestigious Conservatoire de Paris after winning two first prizes. Renaud took the time to give us his vision of luxury, between a performance for the G7 summit in Biarritz and a trip to Tokyo, where he will be playing alongside the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra a concerto from Michael Jarrell dedicated to him.

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How would you define luxury?
For me, luxury is freedom. And time. Silence as well. In this fast-moving world, I like to get away from it all.

You toured the world playing your Guarneri del Gesù “Panette” (1737) violin, which belonged to Viscount de Panette and of course the great Isaac Stern. Is playing a Panette a luxury?
Playing this wonderful violin is the very definition of luxury! Isaac Stern played it for 50 years before me. It is in a fantastic shape, which inspires me greatly. Each day, I come to realise what a luxury it truly is!

What is your best and most luxurious memory?
Probably one of those great moments when time fades away… when a given place and the people in it are in perfect harmony. My summer holidays in Corsica this year are one of those moments.

As a seasoned traveller, what is your luxury capital of the world?
In my mind, there is no luxury capital, but rather an infinite number of places where happines can be enjoyed. You could be sipping an espresso on a square in Venice, dining with your loved one on the sea front in Corsica, skiing in Savoie or mountain hiking near Gstaad… Walking around Paris is also a luxury.

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