The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées devotes itself to the performance of classical and romantic repertoire on period instruments thanks to its creation by the the joint initiative of Alain Durel, Director of the Théâtre des Champs Elysées, and Philippe Herreweghe.
After having been in residence at the Théâtre des Champs Elysées and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, the orchestra has performed in almost all the major european concert halls (Musikverein in Vienna, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barbican Centre in London, Philharmonie in Munich, Alter Oper in Frankfurt , Philharmonie in Berlin, Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Parco della Musica in Rome and the Auditoriums of Dijon and Lucerne, of Doelen in Rotterdam), and toured Japan (Beethoven's Ninth Symphony) Asia and Australia (French music).
The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées has recorded numerous CDs under the direction of Philippe Herreweghe including the Mozart's Requiem, Brahms' German Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and 9th Symphony, Mendelssohn's Elijah, St Paul and Midsummer Night's Dream, Berlioz's Enfance du Christ and the Nuits d'Eté, and not least Schumann's Scenes From Faust, Piano Concerto (Andreas Staier) and Cello Concerto (Christophe Coin) respectively (Harmonia Mundi records).The last recording includes Fauré’s Requiem / Franck’s Symphony in D, and Schubert’s Mass in A flat major / Mendelssohn’s Psalm 42 (harmonia mundi recordings).
The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées took part to the season of the Orchestre de Paris at the Théâtre Mogador and to the “Domaine privé” of Philippe Herreweghe at the Cité de la Musique in 2003.
The Orchestre des Champs-Élysées is funded by the Ministère de la Culture and the Région Poitou-Charentes. Website