Founded in 2011 by conductor Claire Gibault, the Paris Mozart Orchestra is a unique 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.
excellence for everyone
The Paris Mozart Orchestra naturally performs not only in the most prestigious French concert halls, including the Théâtre du Châtelet, the Philharmonie in Paris, the Théâtre des Quinconces in Le Mans and the Arsenal in Metz, but also in prisons, hospitals and school assembly halls. We believe that effective and meaningful artistic choices are inseparable from a strong social commitment.
To be a member of the orchestra is not simply to participate in an exciting musical adventure. It is a way to share in and champion the noblest of humanitarian values, reaching out to the very young, the aged, the underprivileged and the alienated. Some 50% of the orchestra’s activities are devoted to education or social projects.
Showcasing the talents of the outstanding soloists of the orchestra lies at the heart of the PMO project, among them the members of the acclaimed Psophos Quartet and Hélios Trio. And we strive to promote an equal number of women as principals, paving the way for greater inclusion and diversity.
The ensemble maintains enduring relationships with established world-class artists such as soprano Natalie Dessay, mezzo Karine Deshayes and pianist Anne Queffélec, while embracing outstanding young soloists including pianist Marie-Ange Nguci, trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin-Vary, harpist Anaïs Gaudemard and flautist Mathilde Caldérini.
From its inception, the PMO under Claire Gibault has been passionately committed to Culture and Arts education. A powerful advocate of contemporary music, Claire 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 orchestra’s award-winning educational arts and culture project Orchestre au Bahut.
Recent successes have included the orchestra’s acclaimed debut at the Stresa Festival in Italy with soprano Natalie Dessay; Claire’s French Collection at the Hong Kong French May Festival with Comédie-Française actor Eric Génovèse; Mozart’s Great Mass in c minor in a packed Le Mans Cathedral; and bravura Beethoven at the Folle Journée Festival in the Loire Valley.
A long-term partnership with the Philharmonie de Paris begins in September with the inaugural La Maestra International Competition for Women Conductors. The season continues with a series of Mozart programmes in Parisian regional theatres and tours of Beethoven the African in France, Italy and Mexico.
This innovative programme brings together students from 19 schools and colleges across disadvantaged areas of the Paris region with professional musicians, actors and artists to collaborate on year-long cross-arts projects combining music, literature and the visual arts.
Our first recording featured the melologue Soudain dans la Forêt Profonde, a setting by Fabio Vacchi of words by Amos Oz.
The second CD, Pictures of America with soprano Natalie Dessay, was released by Sony in December 2016. Inspired by the paintings of American realist Edward Hopper it includes works by Graciane Finzi and Samuel Barber alongside a selection of American jazz classics.
In 2018 we collaborated with graphic novelist Sandrine Revel, winner of the prestigious Prix Artemisia 2016 for her graphic novel Glenn Gould, a life off tempo. Inspired by encounters with Claire Gibault and the PMO, Sandrine’s acclaimed Pygmalion was published in France in May 2018 along with our recording of Georg Benda’s Pygmalion.