French  Chamber Orchestra


The French Chamber Orchestra, Brian SUITS, conductor & Kyung Sun Lee, violin
at the National Gallery/Washington DC on march 20th 2005


Acclaimed as one of  France’s best chamber orchestras, the French Chamber Orchestra Albéric MAGNARD was founded in 1989.

From concert to concert, its talented instrumentalists have shown their enthusiasm for playing orchestral music in the spirit of chamber music. Many of its members are keen string quartet players, and bring with them that particular passion for individual and collective music making, the energy, technique and attention to others, which that kind of music requires.

The French Chamber Orchestra have been an instrument for high quality music making in particular in Paris (Salle Pleyel, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Palais des Congrès, Eglise St Germain des Prés, Hôtel de Lassay, etc…) and throughout France.

Their frequent overseas tours have met with a delighted reception, particularly in Spain, where the orchestra is one of the most asked for French chamber groups (several appearances at the prestigious Santander International Festival, the Montserrat International Music Week, the International Festivals of Palencia and Gandia. Concerts in Madrid, Grenada, etc.).

The orchestra also performs regularly in England (Royal Opera House/Covent Garden in London), Switzerland (Tönhalle/Zurich, StadtCasino/Basel & Genève, Théâtre Baulieu/Lausanne), Holland (Concertgebouw/Amsterdam), Italy (the Roma International Festival of sacred music, Teatro Regio di Parma, La Pieta church/Venezia, Teatro Verdi/Fiorenzuola), Belgium (Palais des Beaux-Arts/Brussels), Germany,  and the Czech Republic (the Trutnov Autumn Festival).

The ensemble recently made its debut in the USA with an exclusive concert on November 4th 2002 at the Lincoln Center in New York. They concluded their March 2005 tour of the US with a stunning performance for a capacity crowd at the National Gallery/Washington DC. The Washington Post raved that their performance "sparkled with gracious, stylish playing, as ripe yet lucid Gallic harmonies were enlivened by decorous plucking."

The orchestra is since 2004 the resident orchestra of the 18th Century Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, France's most famous theater for French music.

The passion, daring and imagination of the French Chamber Orchestra make it equally at home in baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary music. Its repertoire goes from Bach to Bernstein. The orchestra takes a particular pleasure in bringing to life forgotten masterpieces.

The orchestra performs regularly with well-known soloists: Maurice André, Guy Touvron, Eric Aubier (trumpet), Pierre Amoyal (violin), Paul Badura-Skoda, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Jean-Marc Luisada, Anne Queffélec (piano), Gérard Caussé (viola), Frédéric Lodéon (conductor and cellist), Raphaël Pidoux (cellist), Maxence Larrieu (flutist), etc.

The orchestra has already recorded several CDs, among which a special “Hommage à l’Europe” which received  an award at the famous “Victoires de la Musique” on  French National TV in 2001. 

The French Chamber Orchestra is supported by the French Ministry of Culture, The Council of the Oise, & the SPEDIDAM (Société de Perception & de Distribution des Droits des Artistes-Interprètes de la Musique et de la Danse) est une société d’artistes-interprètes qui gère les droits de l’artiste-interprète (musiciens, choriste ou danseur) en matière d’enregistrement, de diffusion et de réutilisation des prestations enregistrées.


Lincoln Center/NY

The French Chamber Orchestra, Tom HALL, conductor
in concert in New York/Lincoln Center on november 4th 2002


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