Orchestra Orchestre de Paris


Paavo Järvi, Music Director 
The Orchestre de Paris is rich in its musical heritage. Founded in 1967, it stems directly from one of the oldest orchestras, the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, which introduced Beethoven, Berlioz and Brahms to Paris audiences. Its first Music Director was the renowed Charles Munch who led the Orchestra on its triumphant first American tour in 1968. He was succeeded by Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi, Christoph Eschenbach. In September 2010, Paavo Järvi took up the position of Music Director of the Orchestre de Paris. 
The Orchestra draws its repertoire from the mainstream French musical tradition established by the Société des Concerts du Conservatoire, while also playing a major role in the repertoire of twentieth an twenty-first centuries through the appointment of composers in residence and world premiere of many commissioned works (by Xenakis, Takemitsu, Berio, Stroppa, Saariaho, Tanguy, Manoury, Dalbavie, Dusapin, Mantovani, Dubugnon, Beffa, Escaich, El-Khoury, etc. ), or cycles and special events devoted to tutelary figures of twentieth century French music such as Olivier Messiaen, Henri Dutilleux, Pierre Boulez. In recent years, young talented musicians have joined the ranks of the Orchestra and brought their enthusiasm to the exploration of new repertoires.
The Orchestra performs more than a hundred concerts per season in Paris and on tours in the great musical capitals of the world. In November 2011, Paavo Järvi led a triumphant tour in the Far East (Japan, China, Korea). In November 2012, Paavo Järvi conducted the Orchestra for eight concerts in Germany and Switzerland. A new important tour in Asia, the fifteen one since the early 1970s, is planned in October-November 2013 : the Orchestra and its music director will visit Vietnam for the first time and will return to Japan and China, with soloists Jean-Frédéric Neuburger and Thierry Escaich. In May 2014, again in residence in the Musikverein in Vienna, they will give three concerts. It is also the regular guest of many festivals such as Salzburg, Berlin, Schleswig-Holstein, London BBC Proms, Linz, Bucharest, San Sebastian, MiTo in Italy… and Aix-en-Provence where it will perform a new production of Elektra under the baton of Esa Pekka Salonen in July 2013. 
Young people activities are among the Orchestra’s essential commitments : it continues to develop school and family concerts, open rehearsals, workshops, classes in residence, discovery programmes, expanding its audiences from nursery school to university level. During the 2012/13 season, the musicians are introducing nearly 40.000 children to orchestral music.
Training is also one of its priorities. In order to acquaint both Paris main conservatories young students to the profession of orchestra musicians, the Academy of the Orchestre de Paris was created in 2003, at the instigation of Christoph Eschenbach together with both heads of the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris (CNSMDP) and the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional (CRR) of Paris. Every year, the Orchestra welcome about twenty carefully selected students in different sessions, including rehearsals and concerts with the Music Director or major guest conductors.
The Orchestra’s discography is a reflection of the diversity of its musical activities, and many of its recording have been awarded. Among them in recent years, Beethoven’s Piano Concertos nos. 1 and 4 with Lang Lang on Deutsche Grammophon and Zemlinsky’s Lyrische Symphony.  Its first recordings under Paavo Järvi, released on Virgin Classics, feature Bizet »’s symphony works and Fauré’s Requiem with Matthias Goerne, Phillippe Jaroussky, Eric Picard and the Orchestra’s Choir. A DVD devoted to live recordings by Stravinsky (The Firebird and The Rite of Spring) and Debussy (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun) has just been released in early May 2013 (Electric Picture). 
Broadcasting is playing an important part in the Orchestra’s activities, notably thanks to its partnership with Radio Classique, Mezzo and Arte,  through regular webcasts (Arte Live Web and Orchestra’s website). 
The Orchestre de Paris, in residence at the Salle Pleyel, receives subsidies from the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the City of Paris.