ORCHESTRE DE PARIS
Daniel Harding, Musical Director
Thomas Hengelbrock, Associate Conductor
Since 2016, Daniel Harding succeeded Paavo Järvi to become the ninth Musical Director of the Orchestre de Paris, with Thomas Hengelbrock joining him as Associate Conductor. These two conductors, known for their innovative programmes, will combine their talents to write a new page in the history of the Orchestre de Paris.
France’s premier symphony orchestra and principal resident orchestra of the Philharmonie de Paris, the Orchestre de Paris gives over one hundred concerts in Paris each season or during its international tours. The Orchestre de Paris gave its inaugural concert in November 1967 under the direction of Charles Munch. After the death of its founding father, the music directorship of the orchestra was entrusted successively to Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach and Paavo Järvi.
The orchestra’s musical tradition is that of the French musical tradition and favours nineteenth and twentieth century repertories as well as contemporary music. During the course of the current season. The Orchestre de Paris welcome this season again the composer Jörg Widmann in residence and perform the European premiere of his Second Violin Concerto, played by his sister Carolin Widmann. The orchestra will also give the French premieres of the Double Concerto for piano by Bryce Dessner, played by Katia and Marielle Labèque, Alle vittime senza nome by Péter Eötvös under the composer’s baton, and Let me tell you by Hans Abrahamsen.
Then, the orchestra rejoins the Aix-en-Provence Festival in July 2019 (to play Salomé by Richard Strauss, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher). The young public is at the heart of the Orchestre de Paris’s priorities and the orchestra offers a large range of pedagogical activities (educational or family concerts, open rehearsals, workshops, residential classes, initiation courses…) open to schools and families as early as four years old, as well as to publics deprived of access to music.
As a means of making the orchestra’s talents available to the largest public possible, the orchestra has considerably developed its audiovisual policy over the past few years by creating partnerships with Radio Classique, France Musique, Arte, Mezzo and France Televisions.
The Orchestre de Paris, with its 119 musicians, is financed by the French Ministry of Culture and The City of Paris since the orchestra’s creation.
Eurogroup Consulting principal sponsor, supports the symphonic season of the Orchestre de Paris. The Young Public activities of the orchestra receive the support of the Caisse d’Epargne d’Ile-de- France and of the Cercle de l’Orchestre de Paris.