Orchestre de Paris


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.

A key player serving both nineteenth and twentieth century repertoires and the creation of contemporary music, the Orchestre de Paris will welcome this season's composer in residence Jörg Widmann and perform the premiere of one of his works, specially prepared for the November anniversary concerts, as well as the French premiere of Daníel Bjarnason's Violin Concerto in October.

In February 2018, the orchestra will perform in Germany under the direction of Daniel Harding, as part of a tour with violist Antoine Tamestit. In May, the ensemble will travel to Spain with Daniel Harding and Maria João Pires, and in July, it will take up residency at the Festival international d’art lyrique in Aix-en-Provence for the performance of two operas, Prokofiev’s The Fiery Angel (conducted by Kazushi Ono) and Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss (conducted by Marc Albrecht).

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 Mairie de Paris depuis sa création. Eurogroup Consulting, mécène principal, soutient la saison symphonique de l’Orchestre de Paris. Les activités Jeune Public bénéficient du soutien de la Caisse d’Épargne d’Île-de-France. L’Orchestre de Paris bénéficie du soutien de nombreux mécènes et notamment du Cercle de l’Orchestre de Paris, de la Fondation du Cercle de l’Orchestre de Paris, de Groupe Fiminco, Natixis, SCOR et de la Fondation RATP.