Paris Mozart orchestra

Founded by Claire Gibault in 2011, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is a unique artistic ensemble – committed, daring and unanimous in its sense of purpose. Through challenging and innovative programming, the PMO champions both classical and contemporary music, while advancing the accessibility of the arts in a generous spirit of open-hearted partnership.

Alive to every audience, boldly exploring every new horizon, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is an orchestra like no other.

The Paris Mozart Orchestra performs as naturally at prestigious French concert halls such as the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Philharmonie in Paris, the Théâtre des Quinconces in Le Mans or the Arsenal in Metz, as in prisons, hospitals and school canteens. We believe that strong artistic choices are inseparable from a strong social commitment.

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. Every year, approximately 50% of the PMO’s activities are devoted to educational or social projects.

Showcasing the talents of the outstanding soloists of the Paris Mozart Orchestra – among them, the members of the acclaimed Psophos Quartet and Hélios Trio – lies at the heart of the PMO project. The PMO also strives to promote an equal number of women in principal positions, paving the way for greater inclusion and diversity.

The ensemble regularly collaborates with world-class artists such as sopranos Natalie Dessay, mezzo Karine Deshayes and pianist Anne Queffélec, as well as outstanding young soloists such as pianist Marie-Ange Nguci, trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin-Vary or harp player Anaïs Gaudemard.

Among its recent projects, the PMO made its debut at the Stresa Festival in Italy with Natalie Dessay, performed a programme of French music at the Hong Kong French May Festival with Eric Génovèse from the Comédie-Française, Mozart’s Great Mass in c minor at Le Mans Cathedral, and Beethoven at the Folle Journée Festival in the Loire Valley.

Current and future projects include a long-term partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris from 2020 with the Inaugural La Maestra International Competition and Academy for Women Conductors ; Mozart programmes in various Paris region theatres ; as well as a tour with « Beethoven the African » in France, Italy and Mexico.

A powerful advocate of contemporary music, artistic 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 Orchestre Au Bahut, a laureate of La France S’Engage.

Through Orchestre Au Bahut, a project devised and developed in close consultation with the Education Authorities of the Paris region, the PMO works each year with 19 schools, 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.

The PMO’s first recording featured the melologue Soudain dans la Forêt Profonde, a setting by Fabio Vacchi of words by Amos Oz; their 2nd 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. In 2018, the PMO collaborated with graphic novelist Sandrine Revel, winner of the prestigious Prix Artemisia for her graphic novel Glenn Gould, a life off tempo in 2016. Inspired in many different ways by Claire Gibault and the PMO, her acclaimed album Pygmalion was published in France in May 2018, featuring a recording of Georg Benda’s Pygmalion performed by the PMO.

The PMO is proud to count on the continuing support of its principal sponsor the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, the invaluable help of the Aéroports de Paris, Ardian, Crédit Agricole Ile-de-France and SFR Foundations, and of Vivendi Create Joy, La France S’Engage, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, SACEM, the French Ministry of Culture and the Greater Paris Region.

Paris Mozart Orchestra

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 world-class soloists such as sopranos Natalie Dessay, Julie Fuchs and Myrto Papatanasiu, mezzo Karine Deshayes and pianists Anne Queffélec and Jean-Claude Pennetier. It is also committed to showcasing outstanding young and upcoming soloists such as pianists Adam Laloum and Marie-Ange Nguci, trumpet player Lucienne Renaudin-Vary or harp player Anaïs Gaudemard.

A powerful advocate of contemporary music, artistic 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 2nd CD “Pictures of America” inspired by the paintings of the American realist Edward Hopper with Natalie Dessay was released by Sony in December 2016. In 2018, the PMO collaborated with graphic novelist Sandrine Revel, winner of the prestigious Prix Artemisia for her acclaimed album Pygmalion, published in France in May 2018.

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.

This is the case with programmes such as “Pictures of America”, “Pygmalion”, “Orfeo” or “L’Invitation au Voyage”, which all feature strikingly evocative visual elements.

The PMO also 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. Every year, approximately 50% of the PMO’s activities are devoted to educational, social or humanitarian projects.

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.

The PMO is also a regular visitor to prisons, hospitals and old people’s homes and develops partnerships with many institutions and organizations committed to educational, social and humanitarian ideas. In March 2018, it started a series of regular musical encounters with young isolated refugees in Paris.

The PMO is proud to count on the continuing support of its principal sponsor the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso, and the invaluable assistance of the Fondations Aéroports de Paris, Ardian, Crédit Agricole Ile-de-France and SFR, and of Vivendi Create Joy, La France S’Engage, Musique Nouvelle en Liberté, SACEM, the French Ministry of Culture and the Greater Paris Region.