Les Musiciens du Louvre
Founded in 1982 by Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre breathe new life into the repertoires of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, performed on period instruments.
Over the past thirty years, the Orchestra drew attention with its reinterpretations of Handel, Purcell and Rameau, but also Haydn and Mozart and more recently Bach and Schubert. It is also well known for playing nineteenth-century French music: Berlioz (“Les Nuits d’été”, “Harold en Italie”), Bizet (“L’Arlésienne”), Massenet (“Cendrillon”) ...
Its recent operatic successes include Alceste (Opéra Garnier, Paris) and « Orfeo ed Euridice » by Gluck (Salzburg ; MC2: Grenoble), a Mozart Gala for the thirtieth anniversary of the Orchestra, “Hoffmann’s Tales” by Offenbach (Salle Pleyel, Paris), “The Flying Dutchman” by Wagner (Versailles Opéra ; MC2: Grenoble ; Vienna Konzerthaus ; Palau de la Mùsica, Barcelona ; Theater an der Wien), “Lucio Silla” by Mozart (Mozartwoche, Salzburg Summer Festival and the Musikfestbremen where the Orchestra performs regularly since 1995) or “Le Nozze di Figaro” (Versailles Opéra).
2016-2017 season of the Orchestra will see the creation of the second opus of Mozart/Da Ponte Trilogy, “Don Giovanni“ in Versailles. “Armide“ (Gluck) given at the same time than “Alcina“ (Handel) at the Wiener Staatsoper, will be heard in a concert version in Bordeaux and Paris. “The Nutcraker“ will go on an European tour. Les Musiciens du Louvre will play a symphonies and concerto’s program of Haydn and Mozart at the Opéra National de Lyon and in Grenoble, where they will share the stage with the cellist Anne Gastinel too.
After the complete “London Symphonies“ by Haydn for naïve in 2010 and the Shubert Symphonies in 2012, the Orchestra recorded both “Flying Dutchman“ by Dietsch and Wagner in 2013.
Supported by the Département de l’Isère, the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Rhône-Alpes) and many enterprises, Les Musiciens du Louvre have an extensive outreach and educational programme to promote classical music in the Rhône-Alpes area.