Les Arts Florissants


Founded in 1979 by William Christie, Les Arts Florissants has become one of the most internationally acclaimed Baroque vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Specialized in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments, Les Arts Florissants is renowned the world over for having played a pioneering role in the revival of 17th and 18th century Baroque repertoire. Under the baton of William Christie and Paul Agnew, the Ensemble gives around 100 performances and opera performances each year in France and all over the world, with many acclaimed concert or semi-staged performances of operas and oratorios, secular and sacred chamber-music programs as well as large-scale works.

Les Arts Florissants has launched several education programs for young musicians: Le Jardin des Voix, its Academy for young singers created in 2002, and since 2007, the Arts Flo Juniors program for conservatory instrumentalist students and a partnership with The Juilliard School. It also organizes numerous outreach and educational events aimed at building new audiences.

In order to allow everyone to discover its rich repertoire, it has produced an impressive discography of nearly 100 recordings (CD and DVD), especially with the Les Arts Florissants collection in collaboration with Harmonia mundi.

In residence at the Philharmonie de Paris since 2015, Les Arts Florissants develops a strong attachment to the Vendée as well, a region of France where William Christie has made his home. It is indeed in the village of Thiré, where he lives, that the festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie was launched in 2012 in partnership with the Conseil départemental de la Vendée. This place is now set to become the beating heart of Les Arts Florissant’s activities, with several key projects. 2017 is a turning point in this respect, with the settlement of the Jardin des Voix in Thiré, the creation of a Spring Festival directed by Paul Agnew, and the obtention of the French national label « Centre Culturel de Rencontre » for Les Arts Florissants projects in the Département de la Vendée and the Région Pays de la Loire.

Les Arts Florissants receives financial support from the Ministry of Culture, the Département de la Vendée and the Région Pays de la Loire. The Ensemble has been 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.