• Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
    Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
  • Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
    Le Concert Spirituel © Guy Vivien
  • Le Concert Spirituel © Eric Manas
    Le Concert Spirituel © Eric Manas

Choir and orchestra

Le Concert Spirituel, the name taken from the first French private concert society founded in the 18th century, has established itself today on the national and international scene as one of the best French ensembles. At the origin of ambitious and original projects since its foundation in 1987 by Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel has specialised in the interpretation of French sacred music, devoting itself at the same time to the rediscovery of an unjustly forgotten lyrical heritage (Andromaque de Grétry -"Grand Prix du Disque" of Charles Cros Academy 2010, Callirhoé by Destouches, Proserpine by Lully, Sémélé by Marais - ECHO Klassik Awards 2009, Le Carnaval de Venise by Campra - German Record Critics' Award 2011, Les Mystères d'Isis by Mozart, Les Fêtes de l'Hymen et de l'Amour by Rameau or Persée 1770 by Lully). 
These musical adventures were the occasion for original encounters with directors as diverse as Corinne and Gilles Benizio (alias Shirley and Dino) on Purcell's operas King Arthur and Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by Boismortier, as well as Karole Armitage, Georges Lavaudant, Joachim Schloemer or Chrsitian Schiaretti with Castor and Pollux.

For 30 years, leading his orchestra and his choir from Paris (every season at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, at the Philharmonie de Paris or at the Château de Versailles) to the Philharmonie de Varsovie, from the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels to the LG Arts Center in Seoul, from London's Royal Albert Hall to the Tokyo Opera, Le Concert Spirituel shows to all audiences, through original and atypical productions, and through an innovative approach, that the Baroque knows how to surprise and fascinate. Its great international dynamism enables it to work extensively to promote French excellence at high-profile events, such as the Shanghai World Expo, Istanbul European Capital of Culture on the site of the Topkapi Palace, the Forbidden City of Beijing, etc. With the production Fireworks & Water Music (Edison Award 2002) which under different pyrotechnic versions and concerts already gathered more than 100 000 spectators, he also performed in exceptional venues, such as the Retiro Park in Madrid, the Barlin mining site (Nord-Pas-de-Calais), the Neptune Basin at the Château de Versailles and most recently the Domaine de Chambord.

Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel’s approach also includes great involvement in the training and professional integration of young musicians, notably through a partnership with the Pôle supérieur d'enseignement artistique Paris Boulogne-Billancourt and the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris. The transmission of this passion and this knowledge is also shared with the youngest around encounters, rehearsals and particularly school workshops.

Since June 2015, Le Concert Spirituel has recorded exclusively for Alpha Classics. They have already appeared on DVD Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse (collection Château de Versailles), and on CD Vivaldi's Gloria/Magnificat, Cherubini and Plantade’s Requiems, Lully’s Persée (1770), Handel's Messiah (1754), Benevolo's Missa si deus pro nobis and "Opéra des Opéras".

Among its projects for next season are the creation on stage of Gretry’s Richard Coeur de Lion for the 10th anniversary of the reopening of the Opéra royal de Versailles (staged by Marshall Pynkoski), of Mozart's Magic Flute still in Versailles (staged by Julien Lubek and Cécile Roussat), and a new production of Rameau’s Platée (staged by Corinne and Gilles Benizio) first performed at the Théâtre du Capitole in Toulouse and then performed at the Opéra royal de Versailles. In concert, Le Concert Spirituel will present Handel’s The Messiah at the Philharmonie de Paris, Berlioz's solemn Mass at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (Bozar) as well as Benevolo’s Missa si deus pro nobis, which will also be present at the Musikfest Bremen and Metz Cathedral as part of its 800th anniversary. Finally, in co-production with Palazzetto Bru Zane, and with Regula Mühlemann and Jean-Sébastien Bou, Le Concert Spirituel will perform Fauré's Requiem and Gounod's Messe de Clovis at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

Le Concert Spirituel is funded by the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Ile-de-France) and the City of Paris.
Le Concert Spirituel thanks the donors of its Endowment Fund and its individual donors of “Le Carré des Muses”. 
Le Concert Spirituel is funded by its Principal Patrons: Mécénat Musical Société Générale and Fondation Bru.

 

Le Concert Spirituel's first violins
Alice Piérot
Olivier Briand
Chouchane Siranossian, XIXth programme

Artists of the season 2019/2020