The home to Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain will host three opening gala performances
The new Philharmonie de Paris is set to open its doors on 14 January 2015 with three gala performances and a free family weekend of concerts, workshops and street music. Designed by architect Jean Nouvel, the building, set in Paris’s Parc de la Villette, will be the permanent home of Orchestre de Paris and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, and three associate ensembles – Les Arts Florissants, the Orchestre de chambre de Paris and the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France.
The Philharmonie features a ‘Grande Salle’ with a flexible stage design and capacity of 2,400 seats; 15 rehearsal rooms; an education centre opening into the park with 15 workshop spaces, a fully equipped recording studio; an exhibition space; and a 200-seat conference hall. The extended campus also includes Philharmonie 2, formerly La Cité de la Musique, with a 1,000 seat concert hall, a 250 seat Amphiteatre, Mediatheque and the Museum of Music.
The three opening gala evenings take place on 14, 15 and 16 January, featuring performances from Orchestre de Paris, Les Arts Florissants, the Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris. Soloists include violinist Renaud Capuçon and pianists Hélène Grimaud and Lang Lang. The free weekend of events takes place on 17 and 18 January.