Les Siècles

Artistic Director, François-Xavier Roth
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Les Siècles, formed in the summer of 2003 by François-Xavier Roth, comprises outstanding young players pooled from the very finest French ensembles. Roth’s founding ambition was for his orchestra to offer a new approach, not only to repertoire but also to the nature of the concert form.

With a vast period-instrument collection at its disposal, spanning the baroque, classical, romantic and modern eras, the orchestra’s repertoire is notably wide in range. Les Siècles is one of a small number of ensembles to employ period and modern instruments, often in the same concert. Its flexible and historically informed work delivers a unique strand of creative programming.

François-Xavier Roth and the musicians of Les Siècles have made a distinctive mark at home and abroad, presenting an orchestra for the 21st century. Les Siècles appears regularly on the international stage – Paris (Philharmonie, Opéra-Comique), La Côte Saint-André and Aix-en-Provence Festivals, London (BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Berlin (Konzerthaus), Bremen (Bremen Festival), Bonn (Beethovenfest), Cologne, Brussels (Klara Festival), Luxembourg, Monte Carlo (Printemps des Arts), Bucharest (Enescu Festival) and Tokyo. In June 2018, the orchestra will undertake a tour to China and Japan including danced performances of Nijinsky ballets. The orchestra is an associate artist of the Philharmonie de Paris and the Cité de la Musique in Soissons and has a residency in the département of l’Aisne

Their recording of Stravinsky's Le sacre du printemps, recreating the original performances in the work's centenary year, was awarded a German Record Critics Prize, Academy Award in Geijutsu Magazine (Japan) and an Edison Klassiek Prize in the Netherlands. Their first album of a complete cycle of Ravel’s orchestral works, Daphnis & Chloé, won the Gramophone Award for Orchestra Album of the Year 2018 and was also a Gramophone magazine Editor’s Choice and Rondo Magazine CD of the Month. Their most recent release, Mirages, a vocal recital with Sabine Devieilhe for Erato, was winner of a Diapason d’Or and Victoires de la Musique Classique Recording of the Year, a Gramophone Editor’s Choice and Sunday Times Album of the Week

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