Since its foundation in 1978, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris, with its 43 permanent musicians, has established itself as the leading chamber orchestra in France.
The originality of its concerts, its intimate chamber music approach to repertoires, the search for new venues and challenges as well as some civic initiatives towards new audiences: all this undertaking confers an original identity to the Orchestre de chambre de Paris at the Philharmonie de Paris and in the Parisian musical landscape.
Following successive collaborations with renowned artists such as Jean-Pierre Wallez, Armin Jordan, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, John Nelson, Joseph Swensen or Thomas Zehetmair, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris has a new music director since September 2015, the conductor Douglas Boyd.
As well as its concerts at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Orchestra is performing at the Philharmonie de Paris. In addition to these Parisian venues, the orchestra’s program includes tours in France and around the world and participations in leading festivals.
Over the past 10 years, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris has also made a name for itself in the studio with over 20 recordings bearing eloquent testimony to its voice, oratorio, chamber orchestra and contemporary music repertoires.
Some records illustrate this concern for diversity, such as Bach’s Mass in B minor and Saint Matthew Passion performed at the Paris Notre-Dame Cathedral or at the basilica of Saint-Denis (DVD); Beethoven’s complete piano concertos with François-René Duchâble at the Opéra royal de Versailles (DVD); Beethoven’s complete symphonies directed by John Nelson (CD); Saint-Saëns’s concertos with Brigitte Engerer and Henri Demarquette (CD); Chopin’s piano concertos with Boris Berezovsky (CD); Mendelssohn’s Christus and Cantatas with the accentus chamber choir and Laurence Equilbey; a recording of Saint-Saëns’s and Fauré’s works featuring Thomas Zehetmair and Deborah Nemtanu; a recording of Paganini’s works featuring violinist Laurent Korcia and a CD of Ravel and Debussy with Thomas Zehetmair as conductor and solo violin. The latest releases include a recording of Félicien David’s Le Désert with Laurence Equilbey and accentus, a recording of Rossini’s Petite Messe solennelle and a recording of Bach’s violin concertos with Sarah and Deborah Nemtanu.
The Orchestre de chambre de Paris embraces an ethical and socially responsible outlook based on four perspectives: the territory, solidarity, occupational integration and education, through cultural actions and artistic residencies focusing on the North-East of the capital. Solidarity with audiences who have difficulties accessing cultural events is also one of its missions in France as well as in the Middle East. Last of all, the orchestra’s concern to improve occupational integration and professional training finds its expression in the development of the international “Paris Play-Direct” Academy and in the collaboration with students from the music conservatories, in Paris and beyond.
The Orchestre de chambre de Paris and its international projects are supported by the City of Paris, the French Ministry of Culture and the corporate sponsors of Crescendo Association and the Cercle des Amis.
The orchestra pays tribute to Pierre Duvauchelle, the creator of the brand Orchestre de chambre de Paris, and thanks Alexandre Tharaud for agreeing to transfer the ownership of this brand on amicable terms.