Architecture and acoustics without equal in the world
Designed by the French architect Jean Nouvel as a new ‘hill’ on the Paris skyline especially for music lovers, the Philharmonie de Paris opened its doors in January 2015. It completes the Cité de la Musique, inaugurated 20 years earlier.
This new Parisian venue is home to 5 orchestras, all performing here throughout the 2017-18 season: the Orchestre de Paris, the Ensemble Intercontemporain, the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, the Orchestre national d’Île-de-France and the Arts Florissants, a Baroque musical ensemble.
With its innovative architecture, the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez (Symphonic Hall) provides an intimate setting for all types of music. The space is modular and designed to instantly immerse you in the sounds and lights of the show.
The centrepiece of the auditorium is a 25-tonne symphonic organ – one of the biggest in the world – composed of 4 manuals, 91 stops and 6,055 pipes. It required 7 months of tweaking and is so delicate that it can only be tuned in the middle of the night when the lack of noise means any false notes can be detected.
The venue’s exterior is as inspiring as its interior. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be struck by the poetry of the building, with its mosaic of 200,000 bird-shaped aluminium alloy tiles and another 80,000 in cast aluminium.
It’s a venue open to everyone. Whether you’re a concert-goer or a passer-by, you’re free to climb up to the venue’s rooftop to admire the exceptional 360° panorama of Paris and the surrounding area. You can also take the winding walkway that goes down one side of the building to head into the popular Parc de la Villette.
Benefit from Showtime in Paris to come and discover this unique venue and take in an exceptional concert on 12 November, ‘Sortilèges’ with the Orchestre de Paris conducted by Thomas Hengelbrock. You’ll be treated to a musical journey into the poetic imagination of Mendelssohn, Ibert, Stravinsky and Grieg.