Ensemble intercontemporain

— Ensemble intercontemporain - © F.Ferville

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Pintscher, the thirty-one solists of the Ensemble intercontemporain continue to explore the music of our time at the Philharmonie de Paris.

In 1976, Pierre Boulez founded the Ensemble intercontemporain with the support of Michel Guy (who was Minister of Culture at the time) and the collaboration and Nicholas Snowman. The Ensemble’s 31 soloists share a passion for 20th-21st century music. They are employed on permanent contract, enabling them to fulfill the major aims of the Ensemble: performance, creation and education for young musicians and the general public.

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Pintscher the musicians work in close collaboration with composers, exploring instrumental techniques and developing projects that interweave music, dance, theater, film, video and visual arts. In collaboration with Ircam (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), the Ensemble intercontemporain is also active in the field of synthetic sound generation. New pieces are commissioned and performed on a regular basis.

The Ensemble is renown for its strong emphasis on music education: concerts for kids, creative workshops for students, training programs for future performers, conductors, composers, etc. Since 2004, the Ensemble soloists have been tutoring young instrumentalists, conductors and composers in the field of contemporary repertoire at the Lucerne Festival Academy, a several week educational project held by the Lucerne Festival.

Based at the Cité de la Musique (Paris) since 1995, the Ensemble performs and records in France and abroad, taking part in major festivals worldwide. The Ensemble has become a resident of the new Philharmonie de Paris in January 2015.

The Ensemble is financed by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and receives additional support from the Paris City Council.

Les Arts Florissants

Les Arts Florissants et William Christie
— Les Arts Florissants et William Christie - © D.Rouvre

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.

L'Orchestre de chambre de Paris

Orchestre de chambre de Paris
— Orchestre de chambre de Paris - © J-B Pellerin

Founded in 1978, The Orchestre de chambre de Paris and its forty three permanent musicians have today asserted themselves as a reference in France.

The orchestra's ambitious programming, its chamber music approach, its ambition to decompartmentalize both repertories and venues and above all the social aspect of its artistic project have set it apart and given it a strong and original identity.

Douglas Boyd, the orchestra’s Musical Director since 2015, succeeds a number of renowned conductors such as Jean-Pierre Wallez, Armin Jordan and John Nelson. During the course of its concert season, the orchestra invites artists and ensembles sharing its original approach. The 2016-2017 season will see great European guest artists such as Sir Roger Norrington, François Leleux, Jonathan Cohen, and will also begin new partnerships with the composer Pierre-Yves Macé, the pianist, François-Frédéric Guy and the choir, Les Cris de Paris. Renowned soloists, Anne Gastinel, Kolja Blacher, Bernada Fink, Michael Schade, Henri Demarquette and Sarah Connolly, will also come together with young artists and tomorrow’s talents. 

The Orchestre de chambre de Paris takes an active part in the cultural life of Paris, and has a strong community commitment. Associate orchestra of the Philharmonie de Paris, the orchestra also performs at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Châtelet Theatre, but also at the Centquatre, the Théâtre 13 the Monfort Théâtre, the Salle Cortot... Part of the orchestra’s strong image in France and Europe comes from its participation in tours and important festivals.

The Orchestre de chambre de Paris is working hard on in the renewal of its relationship with its different publics in the different territories where it performs. The orchestra wishes to create connections between different musical genres as well as between different types of artistic expression. This type of consideration has led the orchestra to initiate new forms of participatory concerts or immersive experiences aimed at all categories of public. The orchestra’s civic and social commitment is another facet of its artistic project. This aspect of its work is being particularly developed in the East of the Greater Paris region and is based on education, regional development, vocational training and social solidarity. The orchestra has made around fifty recordings which enhance the vocal repertory, the oratorio, the chamber orchestra and the music of today. 

The Orchestre de Chambre de Paris is financed by the City of Paris, the DRAC Île-de-France-The French Ministry of Culture and Communication, with the support of Crescendo, the corporate partners club as well as the Friends Association. The SACEM supports the composers’ residencies of the Orchestre de chambre de Paris. 

The orchestra would like to pay a tribute to Pierre Duvauchelle, the creator of the brand, « Orchestre de chambre de Paris »

L'Orchestre national d'Île-de-France

Case Scaglione, directeur musical de l'ONDIF
— Case Scaglione, directeur musical de l'ONDIF - © C.Urbain

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.

Partner ensembles

London Symphony orchestra dans la Grande Salle Pierre Boulez
— London Symphony orchestra dans la Grande Salle Pierre Boulez - © C.d'Hérouville

The orchestras, ensembles and artists who made the programming at the Cité de la musique and the Salle Pleyel so excellent continue to shine at the Philharmonie – an illustrious new setting for both French musical culture and prestigious ensembles from around the world.

The Philharmonie de Paris is an international presence, and a special destination for the best orchestras in the world, which are among its regular guests of honour. At the Philharmonie, one can take in a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Budapest Festival Orchestra, the Brussels Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe or the Berliner Philharmoniker, and others such as the Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela or the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Finally, other French orchestras (such as those of Toulouse, Lille and Lyon, Les Siècles, Les Dissonances, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the Chambre Philharmonique or the Orchestre du Conservatoire de Paris), large Baroque ensembles (Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Concert Spirituel, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin or the English Baroque Soloists) and the Accentus chamber choir founded by Laurence Equilbey, all add to the vibrancy of the Philharmonie.