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History

The Orchestre de Paris is celebrating this year its 47th anniversary. Forty-seven years of a prestigeous history which has seen many great names associated with it.
Founded in

1967

the orchestre de paris

The direct successor to the Société des concerts du Conservatoire founded in 1828, the Orchestre de Paris performed its inaugural concert in November 1967 under the baton of Charles Munch
After the death of its founding father, the musical direction was held respectively by Herbert von Karajan, Sir Georg Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Semyon Bychkov, Christoph von Dohnányi and Christoph Eschenbach, who was succeeded by Paavo Järvi in September 2010.

Continue reading to relive the legendary moments of this extraordinary history..

1967

INAUGURAL CONCERT
On 14th November at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Charles Munch conducts Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Debussy's La Mer and the première of Stravinsky's Requiem Canticles.

The orchestra embarks on its first tour in the former USSR and begins its first residence at the Aix-en-Provence Festival. In October 1968 Charles Munch passes away during the orchestra's first North American tour.

1969

Herbert von KarajaN

BECOMES ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

and propels the orchestra onto the international stage by inviting prestigious conductors and soloists including Seiji Ozawa, Sergiu Celibidache, Claudio Abbado, Arthur Rubinstein and Claudio Arrau.

First appearance at the Salzburg Festival.

1970

Mstislav Rostropovitch
premieres Dutilleux's Tout un monde lointain at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, accompanied by the Orchèstre de Paris conducted by Serge Baudo. The orchestra goes on its first tour to Japan, giving ten concerts.

1972

sir georg solti

APPOINTED MUSIC DIRECTO

First concerts in Vienna (March 1973) and at the Edinburgh Festival with Régine Crespin (September 1973

In 1974 Solti launches the Orchestra's new residency at the Paris Palais des Congrès with a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony.

1981

HISTORIC CONCERT
On 21st May at the Place du Panthéon for the inauguration of President François Mitterrand, with Daniel Barenboim conducting the Ode to Joy from Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In September, the Orchestra begins its residency at the Salle Pleyel.

1989

WORLD TOUR

TO CELEBRATE THE BICENTENARY OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION

Under the direction of Daniel Barenboim, the Orchestra undertakes a tour of 12 concerts across the globe, from the US to Japan and Russia.

1992

Carlo Maria Giulini

CONDUCTS THE VERDI REQUIEM

First co-productions with the Théâtre du Châtelet for opera performances: in June Daniel Barenboim conducts Alban Berg's Wozzeck directed by Patrice Chéreau, and in September Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin 

1994

Semyon Bychkov

leads a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony

under the Grande Arche de la Défense as part of the Paris Quartier d'été programme

2000

70TH BIRTHDAY OF LORIN MAAZEL
Christoph Eschenbach becomes Music Director in September 2000.

2004

FIRST TOUR OF CHINA
As part of an extensive Franco-Chinese Exchange Programme, the orchestra gives a series of concerts in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong

Under the baton of Christoph Eschenbach, the orchestra performs the world premiere of Luciano Berio's final work Stanze in January, before playing it later that year at the Proms in London.

2006

WAGNER'S RING CYCLE
From October 2005 to June 2006 at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Christoph Eschenbach conducts Wagner's tetralogy in a production by Robert Wilson. In September, the orchestra moves back to Salle Pleyel.

2008

EXCEPTIONAL CONCERT AT THE LOUVRE
At the express invitation of the Musée du Louvre, Pierre Boulez conducts Stravinsky's Firebird Suite under the Pyramid in front of an audience of 2500.

2010

Paavo Järvi

APPOINTED MUSIC DIRECTOR

Under his direction, the Orchestra moves out of the Salle Pleyel.

2015

Philharmonie de Paris

In January

the Orchestre de Paris moves into its new home.

2016

DANIEL HARDING
Devient le neuvième Directeur musical
de l’Orchestre de Paris.

Pour son premier concert, il dirige les Scènes du Faust de Goethe de Schumann.