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. They have made over 400 appearances in France alone, including regular performances in Paris (Philharmonie de Paris, Cité de la Musique, Théâtre du Châtelet, Salle Gaveau, Opéra Comique) and appearances at leading festivals throughout France. Increasingly visible on the international scene, Les Siècles' global profile has been magnified in recent seasons with concerts in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Monte Carlo, London, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil, Romania, Austria, Czech Republic and Japan.

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 in 2015, 2015 Academy Award in Geijutsu Magazine (Japan) and an Edison Klassiek Prize in the Netherlands.

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