Orchestre des Champs Élysées
The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées is the result of a 1991 joint initiative of Alain Durel, director of the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and of Philippe Herreweghe, and is a ensemble playing on period instruments and specialized on the repertoire from Haydn to Debussy.
The orchestra has been in residency at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels, and played in most of the best concert halls : Musikverein (Vienne), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Barbican Center (London), Philharmonies (Munich, Berlin & Cologne), Alte Oper (Francfort), Gewandhaus (Leipzig), Lincoln Center (New York), Parco della Musica (Rome), Auditoriums (Lucerne & Dijon), etc. They also went to Japan, Korea, China and Australia. Philippe Herreweghe is its principal director, but some other conductors, as Daniel Harding, Christian Zacharias, Louis Langrée, Heinz Holliger, Christophe Coin and René Jacobs have been invited through the years. The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées is developping a special and exclusive relationship with the Collegium Vocale Gent and they recorded together some of the most important pieces of the repertoire. The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées has been one of the firsts to create its own education program, in collaboration with the Abbaye aux Dames (Saintes) : the JOA (Jeune Orchestre de l’Abbaye).
The Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, in residency in Poitou-Charentes, is funded by the Ministry of Culture and by the Region Poitou-Charentes.