Les Arts Florissants
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.
Founded in 1979, the Ensemble has played a pioneering role in the revival of a repertoire that is today widely performed and admired. The Ensemble is directed by William Christie who, since 2007, has regularly passed the conductor’s baton over to British tenor Paul Agnew, who was appointed associate musical director in 2013.
Les Arts Florissants have launched several education programs for young musicians, including the Academy of Le Jardin des Voix for young singers, The Arts Flo Juniors program and a partnership with New York’s Juilliard School of Music. Les Arts Florissants also organize numerous events aimed at building new audiences, designed for both amateur musicians and non-musicians, adults as much as children.
In 2012, William Christie and Les Arts Florissants created the festival “Dans les Jardins de William Christie”, in partnership with the Conseil départemental de la Vendée, an annual event that features concerts, promenades musicales and family workshops in the gardens created by William Christie at Thiré, in the Vendée.The Ensemble has produced an impressive discography: nearly 100 recordings (CD and DVD) and its own collection in collaboration with Harmonia mundi.
Les Arts Florissants receive financial support from the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the Département de la Vendée and the Région Pays de la Loire. They have been artists in residence at the Philharmonie de Paris since 2015. The Selz Foundation, American Friends of Les Arts Florissants and Crédit Agricole Corporate & Investment Bank are Principal Sponsors. Imerys is partner of the artistic season of Les Arts Florissants.
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.