Paris Mozart Orchestra
Le Paris Mozart Orchestra est un ensemble à géométrie variable fondé en 2011 à l’initiative de Claire Gibault. L’une des forces du PMO réside dans sa démarche citoyenne : aller à la rencontre de nouveaux publics, notamment les plus jeunes et les publics empêchés, avec des programmes exigeants et innovants, dans un esprit d’ouverture, de partage et de décloisonnement des arts. Depuis sa création, le Paris Mozart Orchestra se produit régulièrement dans des salles de concerts et institutions culturelles prestigieuses : Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Célestins, Opéra de Marseille, Théâtre Le Liberté de Toulon, Palais des
Founded by Claire Gibault in 2011, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is a flexible ensemble varying in size and instrumentation according to the demands of each project. The PMO performs regularly at such prestigious concert halls and cultural centres as the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Pleyel, Philharmonie de Paris, Théâtre des Célestins, Opéra de Marseille, Théâtre Le Liberté de Toulon, Palais des Congrès du Mans, and Arsenal de Metz. Showcasing the talents of the outstanding young soloists of the Paris Mozart Orchestra – among them, as concert master and string session principals, the four members of the internationally acclaimed prize-winning Psophos Quartet – lies at the heart of the PMO project. The ensemble collaborates frequently with a number of committed world-class soloists and associate artists including soprano Natalie Dessay, Julie Fuchs and Myrto Papatanasiu; mezzos Karine Deshayes and Antoinette Dennefeld; and pianists Anne Queffélec, Jean-Claude Pennetier and Adam Laloum. A powerful advocate of contemporary music, music director Claire Gibault commissions each season a new multimedia melologue from a distinguished composer – to date Fabio Vacchi, Sylvia Colasanti, Graciane Finzi, Edith Canat de Chizy, and Philippe Hersant – creating an original and highly evocative repertory designed as much to enthrall today’s music lovers and concert goers as to inspire and challenge the young participants in the PMO’s award-winning educational arts and culture project Un Orchestre dans mon Bahut, a laureate of La France S’Engage. The PMO’s first recording featured the melologue Soudain dans la Forêt Profonde, a setting by Fabio Vacchi of words by Amos Oz; their latest CD “Pictures of America” with Natalie Dessay was released by Sony in December 2016. Inspired by the paintings of the American realist Edward Hopper, it includes works by Graciane Finzi and Samuel Barber alongside a selection of American jazz classics. Dedicated to winning new audiences and sharing with all a passion for music and the arts, the PMO breaks down barriers through accessible, innovative and adventurous programming coupled with imaginative and often participative multimedia presentation. During the 2017/18 season the PMO continues touring “Pictures of America” with Natalie Dessay in France and Italy; unleashes a storm of passions with the premiere of Pygmalion at the Philharmonie de Paris and at 16 Collèges and Lycées around the city; enjoys its annual residency at the Festival Les Automnales du Mans, with programmes of Britten, Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn; explores Mozart “the Rebel” at the Théâtre de Suresnes; and devours Paris with the monstrous excesses of Gargantua at the recently opened Seine Musicale and the Salle Rossini. In 2016 the brilliant artist Sandrine Revel was awarded the prestigious Prix Artemisia for her graphic novel Glenn Gould – a life off tempo. Now she is collaborating with the PMO, and her graphic novel Pygmalion, inspired by the PMO project and featuring the orchestra, will be published by Editions Les Arènes in May 2018 to coincide with the Pygmalion programme’s first public performance at the Philharmonie de Paris. Artwork from the novel will be projected during the concert. The PMO fulfils a unique social and educational role alongside its acclaimed performances of classical, early romantic and contemporary music. To be a member of the orchestra is not only to participate in an exciting musical adventure; it is also a way to share in and champion the strongest of humanitarian values, reaching out to the very young, the underprivileged and the alienated. Through Un Orchestre dans mon Bahut, a project devised and developed in close consultation with the Education Authorities of the Paris region, the PMO works each year with 16 Collèges and Lycées in and around the Ile-de-France region to create an ambitious multi-disciplinary arts and culture programme offering students a unique interactive experience to touch, inspire and enrich their lives. In 2018/19 the project will be expanded to include primary schools in rural and outlying urban areas thanks to a new partnership with the charity Orchestre à l’Ecole and the town council of Le Mans. The PMO is also a regular visitor to prisons and hospitals, and develops partnerships with many institutions and organizations committed to educational, social and humanitarian ideas. The PMO is grateful for the continuing support of its principal sponsor the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso; and the invaluable assistance of the Fondations ADP, Ardian and SFR, and of Vivendi Create Joy, La France S’Engage, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté and SACEM.
- Gargantua - public (ensemble musical)