Auditorium programme - 2018 - 2019

Outstanding performers, upcoming talent and education

Further events will be added during the season.


At the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the famous building designed by Frank Gehry, the Auditorium plays host to a wide variety of live arts events, particularly musical performance. The space is dedicated to creative encounters between musicians and artists of all disciplines.


With a capacity ranging from 350 seated places to 1,000 standing places, depending on the configuration, the Auditorium offers artists and the public a unique setting, thanks to its breathtaking architecture and quality equipment. The Fondation has invited musicians and artists to take part in a new season of performances that reflect the diversity and vitality of the world of music.


Once again, the outstanding performers of our time will give high-profile concerts on the Paris music scene, from recitals to chamber music. Alongside these internationally renowned artists, the Fondation Louis Vuitton has also invited upcoming and remarkable pianists for its “New-Generation Piano” series, which will be popular with audiences and enable these emerging musicians to demonstrate their exceptional virtuosity.


Education remains central to programming for the Auditorium. Following the huge success of the four previous seasons, the Cello Class of Excellence masterclasses, led by Gautier Capuçon, combined with performances given by the six chosen winners, will once again be held every month, attended by the public at the Fondation Louis Vuitton. For this new season, the Fondation has commissioned Krzysztof Penderecki to compose a piece for seven cellos. The world premiere will take place during the closing concert on 30 June 2019.


For a second season, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is widening its musical brief to include jazz as a key part of its programme.





Thursday 13 and Saturday 15 September 2018:

András Schiff and the soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Thursday 13 September, 8.30 p.m.: Recital by András Schiff, solo piano

Programme presented by András Schiff

  • Schubert: Piano Sonata in B flat major D.960
  • Beethoven: Piano Sonata no. 32 in C minor Op.111


Saturday 15 September, 8.30 p.m.: Concert by András Schiff and the soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe

  • Mozart: Quintet for piano and wind K.452
  • Schoenberg: String Trio Op.45
  • Schubert: Variations on 'Trockne Blumen' for flute and piano D.802
  • Schubert: “Trout” Quintet in A major for piano and strings


Friday 12 October 2018, 8.30 p.m.:

New-Generation Piano — Mao Fujita

Liszt: Years of Pilgrimage. Year two: Italy

  • No. 5: Petrarch's Sonnet 104
  • No. 7: Après une Lecture de Dante — Fantasia quasi Sonata

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies

  • No. 12 in C-Sharp Minor
  • No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor

Scriabin: “Sonata-Fantasy” No. 2 in G sharp minor Op. 19

Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B flat major Op. 83


Friday, 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Monday 22 October 2018

Cello Class of Excellence — Gautier Capuçon

19 October: Auditions, second round – public masterclasses by eight shortlisted contestants

20-22 October: Session 1


Friday 16, Monday 19 and Wednesday 21 November 2018:

Carte blanche for Maurizio Pollini

Friday 16 November, 8.30 p.m.: Recital by Maurizio Pollini - Hagen Quartet


  • Johannes Brahms: Three Intermezzi for piano op.117
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Three Klavierstücke op.11
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Six pieces for piano op.19
  • Johannes Brahms: Quintet for piano and strings op.34



Monday 19 November, 8.30 p.m.: World premiere of work by Salvatore Sciarrino



Hagen Quartet

Carolin Widmann, violin — Matteo Cesari, flute

Otto Katzmaier, baritone — Christian Dierstein, percussion

  • Sciarrino: Six Capricci for solo violin
  • Sciarrino: Two sonatas for solo flute, including one French premiere
  • Sciarrino: World premiere for flute, baritone and percussion — Commissioned by the Fondation Louis Vuitton
  • Schubert: Quintet with two cellos


Wednesday 21 November, 8.30 p.m.: Maurizio Pollini — Hagen Quartet

  • Berg: Quartet Op.3
  • Nono: Sofferte onde serene — M.Pollini and electronics
  • Beethoven: Quartet Op.131


Wednesday 5 December 2018, 8.30 p.m.:

Recital by Thomas Adès, piano

Leos Janáček, all works for piano

  • On an overgrown path Vol 1
  • Na památku (“In memoriam”)
  • Sonata 1.X.1905
  • On an overgrown path Vol 2
  • Narodil se Kristus pán (“Christ the Lord is born”)
  • Malostranský palác (Andante) (“Malá Strana Palace (Andante)”)
  • Vzpomínka (“Reminiscence”)
  • V Mlhách (“In the mists”)


Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December 2018

Cello Class of Excellence — Gautier Capuçon – Session 2

(Programme TBC)


Friday 11 January 2019, 8.30 p.m.: Concert in honour of the composer Fazil Say

Ferhan and Ferzan Önder, pianos / Martin Grubinger, percussion

  • Fazil Say: Winter morning in Istanbul for piano four hands
  • Fazil Say: Variations for two pianos and percussions
  • Steve Reich: Quartet for two pianos and two vibraphones
  • Fazil Say: Twins for two pianos — world premiere, commissioned by the Fondation Louis Vuitton
  • Fazil Say: Gezi Park 1 — Transcription for two pianos and percussion by Martin Grubinger — French premiere


Saturday 12 January, 8.30 p.m.: Piano recital by Fazil Say

  • Mozart: Sonata K. 331
  • Chopin: Nocturnes Op. post. no. 19, 20 & 21
  • Fazil Say: Gezi Park 2 sonata
  • Fazil Say: “Trojan Sonata” — French premiere


Friday 18, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December 2019

Cello Class of Excellence — Gautier Capuçon – Session 3

19 and 20 January: Rehearsals with the orchestra of the Paris Conservatoire  

Joint conductors: Gautier Capuçon / Nicolas Chalvin


Thursday 31 January 2019, 8.30 p.m.:

New-Generation Piano — Alexandre Malofeev

  • Balakirev: Islamey
  • Tchaikovsky, Pletnev: concert performance of the Nutcracker Suite
  • Rachmaninoff: Sonata no. 2
  • Liszt: Mazeppa
  • Liszt: Consolation no. 3, S.172
  • Prokofiev: Toccata Op.11
  • Tchaikovsky: Dumka
  • Prokofiev: Sonata no. 7


Friday 15 February 2019, 8.30 p.m.:

New-Generation Piano — Albert Cano Smit

  • Bach: The Art of the Fugue (excerpts): Contrapunctus I, IV, V, IX
  • Ligeti: Études, book III, “White on White”
  • Beethoven: Sonata no 17 “The Tempest”
  • Scriabin: Poème Op.32 no. 1
  • Ligeti: Études, Book 2, L’escalier du Diable (“The Devil's Staircase”)
  • Schumann: Humoreske op. 20


March 2019: Piano Jazz Sessions #2

(Programme TBC)


Friday 12 April 2019, 8.30 p.m.:

Piano recital by Michel Dalberto

Part of Michel Dalberto’s European recording tour of French music.

Following his performance of work by Claude Debussy in Mantua and Venice in Italy, and his recital of work by César Franck in Liège, Michel Dalberto will perform pieces by Ravel at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

The concert will be recorded live by Mezzo and the Aparté label.

  • Ravel: Sonatine
  • Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales
  • Ravel: Miroirs, excerpts
  • Ravel: Gaspard de la nuit


Saturday 20, Sunday 21 and Monday 22 April 2019

Cello Class of Excellence — Gautier Capuçon – Session 4

(Programme TBC)


Friday 17 May 2019, 8.30 p.m.:

New-Generation Piano — Jean-Paul Gasparian

  • Debussy: Images Livre II
  • Tristan Murail: La Mandragore ("The Mandrake")
  • Messiaen: Première Communion de la Vierge (“First Communion of the Virgin”)
  • Messiaen: Regard de l’Esprit de Joie (‘Contemplation of the Spirit of Joy’)
  • Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie op.61
  • Chopin: Nocturne
  • Chopin: Ballade n°4
  • Chopin: Polonaise Héroïque op.53


Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019

Cello Class of Excellence — Gautier Capuçon – Session 5

(Programme TBC)


Thursday 27, Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 June 2019

Cello Class of Excellence — Gautier Capuçon – Session 6

Closing session

World premiere of a work for seven cellos by Krzysztof Penderecki (commissioned by the Fondation Louis Vuitton)

(Programme TBC)


Practical information

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Concert tickets: €35, €40, €60 (full price), €15, €25 (reduced price)

Tickets for the New-Generation Piano concerts: €25 (full price), €15 (reduced price)



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