French cellist scraps his fees for ‘free’ concertsmain
The distinguished French cellist Gautier Capucon has rowed back very fast on his plan to tour France this summer, letting audiences in for free but charging high fees to the local authority. There was general uproar across the music profession when his fees became known.
Gautier now says he’ll go ahead without fees: ‘I understand that small towns do not have a budget for culture. I decided to offer this tour and take care of all the costs. I know that we are going through a major economic crisis. And I hear the suffering of the cultural milieu, devastated by the crisis.’