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The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, which was founded in 1991 by Philippe Herreweghe, specializes in works from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of modern era. Its repertoire ranges from Haydn to Mahler and features performances with the types of instruments that would have been used during the time of each of these composers. For many years the musicians appeared as the resident orchestra of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. They have performed in Europe’s leading concert halls, including the Musikverein in Vienna, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Barbican Centre in London, the Parco della Musica in Rome, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Philharmonie in Berlin, and the Gasteig in Munich. They have also toured to the United States (giving performances at Lincoln Center in New York), Japan, China, South Korea, and Australia. Along with Philippe Herreweghe, who continues to serve as Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées has collaborated with numerous guest conductors, including Daniel Harding, Christian Zacharias, Heinz Holliger, Louis Langrée, Christophe Coin, and René Jacobs. The Orchestra’s recordings, which have received many awards, include sacred works by Mozart, Beethoven, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, and Brahms as well as symphonies by Schumann, Bruckner, and Mahler. Through its open rehearsals, artist interviews, and workshops for young people and students, the ensemble has been exploring innovative ways of making music accessible and encouraging new audiences. The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées is a partner with TAP – Théâtre & Auditorium de Poitiers and receives generous support from the French Ministry of Culture and the government of Poitou-Charentes.
LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut on September 1995 with the Overture to Figaro and arias by Mozart, as well as Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony.
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