Orchestre national d’Île-de-France


Under the direction of Enrique Mazzola, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France brings all its energy to the Philharmonie de Paris, pursuing its mission to bring symphonic music to the entire Paris region.

Established in 1974, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France (ONDIF) is supported the Regional Council of the Île-de-France and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. Its main mission is to bring symphonic music to audiences across the Île-de-France region, with a special concern to reach new audiences.

Made up of ninety-five permanent musicians, the orchestra performs around a hundred concerts each season, offering residents of the Île-de-France a great variety of programmes covering three centuries of music, from the great symphonies to contemporary music, from baroque to today’s diverse musical idioms.

The orchestra is one of the most dynamic national ensembles and was rated in the top 10 most socially engaged orchestras worldwide by the monthly magazine Gramophone. It is a real creative lab, developing a host of ambitious educational schemes such as workshops, opportunities to meet the performers, educational concerts and musical shows.

The orchestra is also actively developing new directions, and has created around a hundred contemporary works over the last fifteen years, as well as a festival, ‘Île de découvertes’ and a composition competition, ‘Île de créations’, which will be running its second edition in 2014.

Yoel Levi, who served as chief conductor of the ensemble during seven prolific seasons, considerably strengthened the orchestra’s standards of quality and its musical cohesion. In 2012, the dynamic and innovative conductor Enrique Mazzola was, in turn, appointed music director, bringing fresh artistic ambitions to the ensemble.

The Orchestre national d’Île-de-France — one of the Philharmonie de Paris’s associate ensembles — is funded by the Regional Council of the d’Île-de-France and the Ministry of Culture and Communication.