Orchestre de Paris

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The Orchestre de Paris, the Philharmonie’s main resident ensemble, is revealing the Grande salle Pierre Boulez full acoustic potential, bringing audiences the very best of symphonic music.

The Orchestre de Paris, France’s largest symphonic ensemble with 119 members, gives more than a hundred concerts each season at the Philharmonie de Paris and during its international tours and residency at the Festival international d’art lyrique in Aix-en-Provence. Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, this exceptional orchestra has been directed by a long line of prestigious conductors: Charles Munch, Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach and Paavo Järvi, succeeded in 2016 by the new musical director musical Daniel Harding and associate conductor Thomas Hengelbrock.

During the 2018-19 season, the orchestra will be joined by many great artists to perform major works of the repertoire, including Lisa Batiashvili, Herbert Blomstedt, Gautier and Renaud Capuçon, Isabelle Faust, Renée Fleming, Christian Gerhaher, Matthias Goerne, Pablo Heras-Casado, Janine Jansen, Paavo Järvi, Nikolaï Lugansky, Radu Lupu, Denis Matsuev, Truls Mørk, Antoine Tamestit, Michael Tilson Thomas, Yuja Wang, David Zinman and Jaap van Zweden.

A key player serving both nineteenth and twentieth century repertoires and the creation of contemporary music, the Orchestre de Paris welcomes for a second season Jörg Widmann as composer in residence and performs the European premiere of his Violin Concerto no. 2 with violinist Carolin Widmann, the composer’s sister. The orchestra also performs the French premiere of Bryce Dessner’s Two Pianos Concerto, along with Katia and Marielle Labèque, of Péter Eötvös’ Alle vittime senza nome conducted by the composer and of Hans Abrahamsen’s Let Me Tell You. The orchestra also performs several pieces by Thomas Adès, who will conduct two concerts during the season.

Reaching out to young audiences is a strong priority for the Orchestre de Paris, which offers a wide range of educational activities open to school groups, families with children (ages four and older), audiences with little access to music and vulnerable populations.

In order allow as many people as possible to enjoy the talent of its musicians, the orchestra is diversifying its audiovisual policy through partnerships with French radio stations and television channels: Radio Classique, Arte, Mezzo, France Musique and France Télévisions. 


L’Orchestre de Paris est soutenu par le ministère de la Culture et la Ville de Paris, depuis sa création. Eurogroup Consulting, mécène principal, soutient la saison symphonique de l’Orchestre de Paris. Les activités pour jeune public bénéficient du soutien de la Caisse d’épargne d’Île-de-France. L’Orchestre de Paris bénéficie du soutien de nombreux mécènes, notamment du Cercle de l’Orchestre de Paris, de la Fondation du Cercle de l’Orchestre de Paris, de Groupe Fiminco, Natixis, SCOR et la Fondation RATP.