The project

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Insula orchestra

Insula orchestra’s purpose is very clear: to serve music from the baroque, classical and pre-romantic eras at the best of its abilities – that is, in a historically informed way. With support of the Hauts-de-Seine department, Insula orchestra was founded in 2012 by its artistic director and conductor Laurence Equilbey. In 2017, it inaugurated the Seine Musicale venue as its resident orchestra.

Resident orchestra at La Seine Musicale

The residency at La Seine Musicale began at the inauguration, in April 2017, as part of the cultural project of the Hauts-de-Seine Department.The orchestra is in charge of part of the Auditorium’s season, for which it invites numerous ensembles and artists.

22 000
spectators at La Seine Musicale (Insula orchestra concerts and concerts of the artists programmed by the orchestra)
990
musicians on the stage of La Seine Musicale as part of the Insula orchestra season
20
pre-concerts and family workshops offered to spectators at La Seine Musicale around the concerts
4 000
participants, children and adults, in the 200 educational activities – and more – organized by Insula orchestra in the Hauts-de-Seine area

Historical approach, contemporary look

The ensemble performs on period instruments to match as closely as possible the original sound, text and writing design.

The orchestra reinvents the formats and rules of classical music to reach out to all audiences. It regularly produces staged concerts to shine a new light on music, working with artists such as Yoann Bourgeois, Antonin Baudry, Pascale Ferran, David Bobée, La Fura Dels Baus… It is particularly active on the field of digital technologies, and delved in 360° experiences and virtual reality.

Repertory

Side-by-side with masterpieces of the repertoire, the orchestra also features rarer pieces, such as the work of Louise Farrenc or Clara Schumann. The ensemble performs on period instruments to match as closely as possible the original sound, text and writing design.

Transmission

A diversified and innovative education program, striving towards sharing and inclusion, was developed throughout the Hauts-de-Seine department.