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The orchestra

Insula orchestra, founded in 2012 by Laurence Equilbey with local government support from the Conseil départemental des Hauts-de-Seine, performs at major French and international venues and leading festivals.


In spring 2017, Insula orchestra, founded in 2012 by Laurence Equilbey with local government support from the Conseil départemental des Hauts-de-Seine, will be inaugurating a new music venue, La Seine Musicale, designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines on Ile Seguin, an island in the River Seine just a few miles downstream from Paris.


Insula orchestra’s artistic project is built around a repertoire ranging mainly from the Classical to the Romantic eras. Mozart, Schubert or Weber form naturally the core of this repertoire with symphonic programmes as well as programmes with choir and soloists. The orchestra performs on period instruments, tailoring its sound to large auditoriums.


Insula orchestra pays particular attention to vocal soloists, with artists such as Sandrine Piau, Werner Güra, Franco Fagioli or Ann Hallenberg. The orchestra also perfoms with prestigious soloists on period instruments such as Antoine Tamestit (violinist), Abdel Rahman El Bacha and Kristian Bezuidenhout (pianists).


The orchestra also reconsiders the formats and codes of classical music with the aim of drawing in new audiences, creating an ongoing dialogue between symphonic music, the spatial dimension of the venue and the stage. Insula orchestra pitches its performance format half way between traditional concert versions and the epic scale of full-on opera, addressing the potential of the leading international music venues. The orchestra also associates each programme with a constellation of new digital, artistic and educational forms, featuring clips and Web series that resonate with our times and expand the artistic content of the project.





Solo violin Stéphanie Paulet

Co-soloist Aude Caulé-Lefèvre

Violon 2 Charles-Étienne Marchand

Altos Brigitte Clément, Benjamin Lescoat

Cellos Emmanuel Jacques, Andrea Pettinau, Kathrin Sutor

double basses Axel Bouchaux, Roberto de Larrinoa, David Sinclair



Flute Jocelyn Daubigney

Oboe Jean-Marc Philippe

Clarinets François Gillardot, Vincenzo Casale

Bassoon Philippe Miqueu

Horn Jeroen Billiet

Trumpets Serge Tizac

Trombones Fabrice Millischer, Guilhem Kusnierek

Timpani Koen Plaetinck, Christian Miglioranza



Sébastien d’Hérin, Simon-Pierre Bestion

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