• 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, Julien Lubek, Cécile Roussat 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 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. Le Concert Spirituel, in partnership with Château de Versailles Spectacles, carries out regular musical interventions for the sick children of Hôpital Necker (AP-HP). 

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, "Opéra des Opéras", Berlioz's Messe solennelle and Lully's  1778 Armide.

Among his projects for the 2020/2021 season are the creation of an opera Les Aventures du Baron de Münchhausen with the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne and the Opéra de Massy (stage director Patrice Thibaud); the revival of Don Quichotte chez la Duchesse by Boismortier at Christmas at the Opéra Royal de Versailles; the opening of our Centre de musique baroque de Versailles and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées cross-residency with Didon de Desmarest; the creation of a new monumental program : "God Save the King! "around Handel's Coronation Anthems on tour at the Philharmonie de Paris or at the Barbican Centre in London.

Le Concert Spirituel is in residence at the Festival de Rocamadour.

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, award-winner of  the 2020 Liliane Bettencourt choral singing prize, benefits from the support of the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller.
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 2020/2021