Les Arts Florissants


Les Arts Florissants, an ensemble dedicated to performing baroque music on original period instruments, have had a long partnership with the Cité de la musique and the Salle Pleyel and are a natural complement to the Philharmonie project.

Les Arts Florissants, a vocal and instrumental ensemble committed to performing on period instruments, are one of the most internally renowned ensembles in their special field.

Founded in 1979, they played a pioneering role in renewing interest, in the French music world, for a repertoire which had been neglected up until then but which is now widely performed and admired. Artists in residence at the Théâtre de Caen for more than twenty years, they have launched the ‘Le Jardin des Voix’ academy, a breeding ground for young talent.

Since Les Arts Florissants’s thirtieth anniversary in 2009-2010, William Christie has strengthened the ensemble’s artistic leadership by appointing Paul Agnew associate musical director. He shares the position of associate conductor with Jonathan Cohen.

Les Arts Florissants — one of the Philharmonie de Paris’s associate ensembles — is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the City of Caen and the Basse-Normandie Region. They are resident ensemble at the Théâtre de Caen. Their main patrons are IMERYS and ALSTOM.




Discover the concerts of Les Arts Florissants at the Philharmonie de Paris.

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2017-2018 Season

The 2017/2018 Season at the Philharmonie de Paris will bring together great orchestras and international soloists, projects which will shed new light on music, and there will be jazz music, pop music and world music as well as three temporary exhibitions. Catch up with highlights here.