Founded in 1982 by Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre breathe new life into the repertoires of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, performed on period instruments.
Over the past thirty years, the orchestra drew attention with its reinterpretations of Handel, Purcell and Rameau, but also Haydn and Mozart and more recently Bach and Schubert. It is also well-known for playing 19th century French music: Berlioz (Les Nuits d’été, Harold en Italie), Bizet (L’Arlésienne) and Massenet (Cendrillon).
Its recent operatic successes include Orfeo ed Euridice (Salzburg), Hoffmann’s Tales by Offenbach (Salle Pleyel, Paris), La Périchole (Salzburg), Le Nozze di Figaro (Theater an der Wien, Versailles Opera), Don Giovanni and Così Fan Tutte at Versailles Opéra, Alceste (Opéra Garnier, Paris), Gluck’s Armide (Wien Staatsoper), Handel’s Alcina (Wien Staatsoper) and a Mozart Gala for the 30th anniversary of the orchestra.
Les Musiciens du Louvre are supported by the Département de l’Isère, the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (DRAC Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes) and many enterprises