Central, according to the French press release, is the artistic vision of the Finnish conductor Klaus Mäkelä, music director of the Orchester de Paris and upcoming chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
This collaboration includes exchanges between the orchestras, new compositions and all kinds of projects. Attention is also paid to sustainability. “For example, the two orchestras – based in cities three hours away by train – will jointly decide on their environmental responsibility, both at home and on tour,” the press release reads.
The first visible exchange is the concert by Orchester de Paris conducted by Klaus Mäkela with Janine Jansen on March 7, 2023 in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.
THE PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS AND THE ORCHESTER DE PARIS,
THE ROYAL CONCERT BUILDING ORCHESTRA AND THE ROYAL CONCERT BUILDING
ANNOUNCE A UNIQUE ARTISTIC AND CULTURAL COLLABORATION
These major artistic institutions will be collaborating in various areas in the coming years. This collaboration strengthens and develops the collaboration between the two orchestras. The artistic vision of the Finnish conductor is central Klaus Makelamusic director of the Orchestra of Paris
and artistic partner and chief conductor of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Several projects are planned for the upcoming season: exchanges between the two orchestras, co-commissioning of new works, educational projects and a reflection on environmental issues.
> Concerts in Paris and Amsterdam
The two orchestras will give concerts in each other’s cities. This exchange already starts with the performance of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in the Philharmonie de Paris with conductor Paavo Järvi and violinist Lisa Batiashvili on February 21, 2023. The Orchester de Paris and Mäkelä will perform in Amsterdam on March 7, 2023 with violinist Janine Jansen at the invitation of the Royal Concertgebouw.
In the coming seasons, the Chœur de l’Orchester de Paris will participate in major choral works by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Klaus Mäkelä.
> Co-committees and new works
The orchestras will co-commission a range of new works, including pieces by Betsy Jolas, Unsuk Chin and Anders Hillborg, as well as pieces by younger and lesser-known composers.
Both orchestras are committed to diversity, equality and inclusion when choosing artistic partners.
> Joint artistic projects
In addition, the orchestras plan to share ambitious artistic projects – including concerts of mise-en-scene or concert versions of operas – and may share casts and soloists.
> Education and artist development
The orchestras will also collaborate through their respective academies and the Young Orchestra initiative of the Concertgebouw Orchestra. The shared goal is to develop exceptional young musical talent and promote cultural leadership.
> Environmental questions
Based in cities three hours apart by train, the two orchestras will reflect together on new approaches to environmental responsibility, both at home and on tour.