Each year, the Philharmonie de Paris welcomes major international artists (Daniel Barenboim, Radu Lupu, John Zorn, Chick Corea, etc.) and orchestras (London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, etc.) to its stages. Theme weekends are regularly dedicated to leading figures in music such as Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner and Steve Reich. From David Bowie and The Velvet Underground to the music of Jamaica, etc., many of our temporary exhibitions are also dedicated to artists from other countries.
The Cité de la musique-Philharmonie de Paris contributes to the development of both musical practice and culture, and of musical knowledge and its cultural heritage.
Through a wide array of musical events, it is an avenue for expanding and renewing audiences. It welcomes many types of musical ensembles and supports them in their full diversity. It contributes to the musical instruction and training of the public. It initiates and participates in national and international musical exchanges. To that end, its missions are as follows:
- To organise, produce, coproduce, broadcast, and promote concerts, musical shows, and exhibitions as well as any related artistic and cultural events;
- To develop cultural and educational activities for the general public in order to encourage equal access to all forms of music and to support initiatives that contribute to their awareness and practice;
- To manage and take full advantage of its concert halls and workspaces, directly or through its affiliates, particularly the large auditorium designated primarily for orchestras and performances of the symphonic repertoire;
- To welcome a variety of musical ensembles and to take on related administrative tasks as needed;
- To incite the creation of musical works, notably contemporary music;
- To manage and take full advantage of the Musée national de la musique, which has the missions of contributing to musical knowledge and the conservation of instrumental heritage; enriching, studying, and presenting the national collections in its care; advising and facilitating the network of public collections in the musical domain; and managing the documentation, research, and restoration that takes place in its laboratory;
- To highlight, enrich, and present documents and informational holdings on different areas and musical genres by all means possible, including a multimedia library, to both the general public and to researchers.
Laurent Bayle, who has led the Cité de la musique since 2001, is at the helm of the new establishment the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris. His mandate was renewed in March 2016 for 5 years.
By virtue of its programming, its network of partners and its outreach overseas, the Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris is a project with undeniable international impact.