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The Orchestre National de France, founded in 1934, was France’s first full-time professional symphony orchestra, and eighty years later, its history is embossed with unforgettable concert performances, countless French and world premières, outstanding recordings and world-class tours in collaboration with exceptional international artists who exemplify the orchestra’s passion for excellence.

The orchestra has a distinguished list of conductors emeriti, including Désiré-Émile Inghelbrecht, Manuel Rosenthal, André Cluytens, Roger Désormiere, Charles Munch, Maurice Le Roux, Jean Martinon, Sergiu Celibidache, Lorin Maazel, Jeffrey Tate, Charles Dutoit, Kurt Masur and Daniele Gatti. Emmanuel Krivine has been music director designate since September 2016.

Worldwide touring success has also established the Orchestre National de France on the international circuit far beyond its Paris home. Highlights of the 2014–2015 season have marked the orchestra’s return to residency at the Maison de la Radio where a new auditorium was built for the radio orchestra. The orchestra is giving most of its concerts in Paris in this new hall. Nevertheless, the orchestra keeps its seventy-year partnership with the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées mostly for operatic repertoire.

The Orchestre National de France is part of Radio France. All concerts are broadcast by France Musique.

Orchestre National de France
Photo: Nicolas Lo Calzo

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